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Dogs train in Pocatello for noxious weed detection

By John O'Connell joconnell@journalnet.comMay 24, 2019

POCATELLO — Orbee wasn’t cut out to be a ranch dog, but the energetic border collie may play a key role in preventing the regional spread of a pesky noxious weeds, called dyer’s woad.

After Orbee failed to live up to ranching expectations as a puppy, he was adopted by members of a Bozeman, Montana-based nonprofit, called Working Dogs for Conservation.

On Thursday morning, Orbee and another conservation dog, a shepherd mix named Zoey, were at Pocatello’s Edson Fichter Nature Area, training to detect dyer’s woad. Officials involved in regional weed control — including representatives from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the weed superintendents of Bannock, Bonneville, Franklin, Jefferson and Oneida counties — came to witness the demonstration.

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