In terms of discovering and tracking a scent, a dog’s nose knows best.
That’s one of the principles at the heart of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new canine unit.
This branch of MDC’s Protection Division was launched earlier this year with five dogs and their conservation-agent handlers stationed across the state.
These dogs – three Labrador retrievers and two German shorthaired pointers – will be used for a variety of enforcement investigations, such as evidence recovery and wildlife trafficking.
They will also be used to find people (not just hunters, hikers, but other citizens, as well) who have gone missing in the outdoors.