Conservation detection dog Dazzy sniffs out danger around the City of Melville

Terrestial Ecosystems owner and dog handler Scott Thompson with conservation detection dog Dazzy. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Terrestial Ecosystems owner and dog handler Scott Thompson with conservation detection dog Dazzy. Picture: Jon Hewson.

IF you see Dazzy the springer spaniel running around your local park, do not be afraid.

The conservation detection dog is a part of environmental consultant business Terrestial Ecosystems’ feral animal control program, being conducted on behalf of the City of Melville.

Dazzy searches for the dens of foxes and feral cats, to help the native wildlife population.

Terrestial Ecosystems owner and dog handler Scott Thompson said spring was their busiest period of the year because it was breeding time for foxes.

“We have a predetermined area that we travel in, Dazzy moves in a zigzag pattern and uses her smell to find the dens,” he said.

“We then use a trap or fumigate the den, this then helps animals such as bandicoots.

“We’ve worked with six or seven councils over the Swan Coastal Plain.”

Dr Thompson said during peak periods, the company was in parks and reserves such as Piney Lakes Reserve and Blackwall Reach Reserve about seven days per week.

“Dazzy is more efficient than a human and very good to work with, she’s got a high energy personality,” he said.

“We don’t feed her food because then she might eat things in the park so she just gets a tennis ball for her reward.”