TONY PEACOCK,

From personal experience, I know that a trained fox scat detecting dog is better at finding fox scats than me. Which is good, because I didn’t want to take it up as a career anyway. In the small demonstration I described in an earlier post, one dog was actually better than more than a dozen people working together to find fox scats. The dogs, magnificent black labradors, have been employed in the effort to rid Tasmania of a small number of foxes. Some people in Tasmania have asked why use scat-detecting dogs? It seems a complex way to find a fox – why not just trap the foxes or use traditional methods like sand pads (a layer of sand is raked and smoothed, usually where you’d expect animals to be, like a trail or near something attractive like food or scent markings, then you look for the tracks)? Read more here