Scat-Detecting Dog at Work in Alberta (image) University of Washington Caption A University of Washington dog handler accompanies a scat-detection dog in the oil sands region of northern Alberta. The dog has been trained to locate scat from a wide variety of species, which is used to determine wildlife abundance, distribution and physical health across large remote regions. Credit Center for Conservation Biology/University of Washington Usage Restrictions News use only, with credit. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.