Zeus - the first dog in Portugal to be trained detect signs of wolf presence

The LIFE+ MED-WOLF Project – Best practice actions for the wolf Conservation in Mediterranean-type areas – intends, as one of its activities, to do a wolf survey  in the districts of Guarda and Castelo Branco and estimate the number of wolves present in the region. To this end Grupo Lobo will use a unique method in the country by using the nose of a dog specially trained to detect signs of wolf presence, in an area of 6,000 square kilometres. For this job it was adopted a very friendly  dog of undetermined breed – Zeus - that was being cared for by the Portuguese association "Focinhos & Bigodes". Zeus was trained by Heath Smith from the Program "Conservation Canines", of the University of Washington, an expert that  has trained dogs for similar tasks in other countries.

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