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Hard-working canines sniff out feral turtle invasion

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A squad of canine turtle-hunters has been employed by the state government to help end a little-known environmental problem.

NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall told Jim Wilson hundreds of the invasive red-eared slider turtles have already been located and destroyed around Sydney and Camden.

“They actually come from the US and Mexico and … they actually attack and kill our native turtle species.”

Specially-bred spaniels, similar to those used in airports, can make an enormous impact in reducing the population due to their incredible sense of smell.

“Whether [the turtles] are on land or in the water, these dogs are specially trained to seek them out … not just in the wild, but a number of backyard operators that have smuggled these things in.”

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