The tiger quoll is threatened in the southeastern Otway rainforest region. AFP / PETER PARKS
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Australian dogs are being trained to sniff out the droppings of endangered animals in a scheme that offers greater understanding of threatened species through the less-intrusive method of canine tracking. Emma Bennett, a doctoral candidate at Monash University in Melbourne, is working with environmentally conscious dog owners who have volunteered their pets in a rainforest region of Victoria state to track the scats, or droppings, of the endangered tiger quoll, a small marsupial.Bennett said the animal was thought to have died out in the area until a rediscovery in 2012 .
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