Training Shelter Dogs for Conservation Detection Work

By Kayla Fratt

The San Joaquin kit fox is a small endangered species of fox that lives in Mexico and the southwestern United States. Its scat is small — these foxes are only about 5 pounds. The almond-sized scat pellets are usually the same color as the desert ground. Biologists struggle to get an accurate census on these small foxes, even using camera traps and intensive human surveys.

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