Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Colleen Kesterson

Their Nose Knows

K-9 Inspection Unit


Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder

Rosebud signaled her handler Deb Tirmenstein by sitting that she had found the planted mussel under the bowl. Rosebud is rewarded with a treat or a thrown ball that she is enthusiastic to retrieve.

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Connections presented a Mussel Dog program at the Holland Lake Boat Launch area July 26. Two "mussel" dogs, three-year old Labradors, with their handler Deb Tirmenstein demonstrated how they can sniff out aquatic invasive zebra and quagga mussels on watercraft. The dogs using their keen sense of smell save watercraft inspectors time and money. They can more quickly identify the invasive mussels which are located in places on the watercraft that are hard for humans to see such as the ballast tank.

Flathead Basin Commission (FBC) Program Coordinator Heidi Sedivy expl...

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