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Dogs helping sniff out invasive aquatic species in Yellowstone, Grand Teton national parks

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 22:20:04-04

BILLINGS- National parks are working to “sniff out” a solution to aquatic invasive species, and Grand Teton and Yellowstone parks are teaming up with some of the best noses in the biz to make a difference.

Tobias, a yellow lab, will be hitting the trails of Yellowstone Friday, to assist in aquatic invasive species boat inspections. He’ll be sniffing out zebra and quagga mussels, which are known threats to the natural ecosystem.

Jax, the Belgian Malinois, didn’t quite cut it as a green beret – but instead, found his love for detection after being adopted in 2017. He’ll be hitting the road to Grand Teton National Park Saturday.

Jax, left, and Tobias, right. courtesy photos

Non-native mussels were detected in Montana in 2016, and since then, the pressure has been on to prevent more invasive species from entering waterways.

Tobias will be in Yellowstone National Park from Friday through Wednesday helping to detect mussels and giving public demonstrations.

Jax will be in Grand Teton National Park this Saturday through the next Saturday.

And the National Park Service continues to encourage people to “Clean, Drain and Dry” their boats.

Tobias is a graduate of Carroll College’s anthrozoology program in Helena.

He also works as an invasive species detective up in Glacier National Park.