Vector, a wildlife scent detecting dog, with his trainer, Lauralea Oliver, during a break in the search for the elusive Morro Bay kangaroo rat in San Luis Obispos County.
Credit: Chris Kofron / USFWS
To Find Elusive Kangaroo Rat, Biologists Go to the Dogs
December 05, 2016
Is California’s Morro Bay kangaroo rat extinct? It hasn’t been seen in 30 years, but the Service’s Dr. Chris Kofron and Dr. Francis Villablanca of California Polytechnic State University believe it might still exist in few isolated colonies. To try to find the kangaroo rat, “we combed all of California for a wildlife sniffer dog to lead the field search," Kofron says, and they found Vector.
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