Dogs train in Pocatello for noxious weed detection
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.