A story in the Feb. 27 New Yorker magazine and the featured story (below) regarding Burmese pythons in the Everglades has prompted worldwide attention for the Animal Health and Performance Program. The college has received numerous media inquiries, including a television station in London and NPR in Canada regarding the dog detection program.
The scenario sounds like a low-budget movie from the 1970s: Humongous snakes are on the loose, eating everything in sight. But this is real – a problem that Auburn University and its canines are helping to combat.
Auburn researchers used detection dogs in the Everglades National Park to find Burmese pythons during a recent study on ways to manage and eradicate these nonnative, invasive snakes, which are eating native wildlife, mostly mammals and birds.
For more of the story written by Charles Martin, click here.
Auburn University researchers used detection dogs in the Everglades National Park to find Burmese pythons during a recent study on ways to manage and eradicate these nonnative, invasive snakes. Holding this pregnant python are, left to right, dog handler Jason Dewitt, researcher Christina Romagosa, doctoral student Melissa Miller, and dog trainer Bart Rogers. Black Labrador retrievers Ivy and Jake, part of Auburn’s EcoDogs program, were trained to find the large snakes.