Next up on the Auburn Super Dogs’ hit list? Pythons.
Not content to simply sniff out the bomb odor of terrorists—including, perhaps, the stinkiest of them all—Auburn-trained detection dogs are now hot on the trail of the Burmese python, which is terrorizing the native wildlife of the Everglades.
According to a press release issued yesterday by Auburn University, Auburn’s EcoDogs all-stars Jake and Ivy helped researchers “capture 19 pythons, most being 6 to 8 feet in length, including a pregnant one with 19 viable eggs.”
Folks in Florida (as well as alligators) are desperate to control the invasive snakes. According to the National Park Service, 1,825 Burmese pythons have been caught in and around Everglades National Park since 2000.
EcoDogs is a collaborative project between the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Animal Health and Performance Program, where Auburn’s python pinching pooches are trained and maintained.
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