SEVERE WX : High Surf Warning View Alerts

Oregon State Police hire first wildlife detection K-9 to curb poaching

Buck is trained in ways that other police dogs aren't, making him the newest addition to fighting wildlife crimes.

Posted: Sep 10, 2019 7:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Buck is the first wildlife detection K-9 in the State of Oregon.

He's trained in ways that other police dogs aren't, making him the newest addition to fighting wildlife crimes.

His purpose? Sniffing out game that has been poached or illegally hunted.

"When he does an area search for evidence related to wildlife crimes, he does wildlife detection. Like our drug dogs will detect heroin, he'll detect certain wildlife species," Trooper Josh Wolcott said.

According to the Oregon Wildlife Foundation, wildlife crimes such as poaching are a huge problem across the state.

"If people are out there taking more animals than they should, that really does create a huge impact across the state or that particular area for that specific species, so if they're poaching and taking more animals than they should, that's a detriment to our resources here in Oregon," Wolcott said. 

The Oregon State Police said that Buck has already made huge strides in solving wildlife crimes here in Oregon after his training in Indiana. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 67333

Reported Deaths: 847
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah15386224
Washington922298
Marion8548131
Clackamas557477
Umatilla419048
Lane395337
Jackson349024
Malheur233539
Deschutes199814
Yamhill160416
Linn129619
Polk110615
Douglas84017
Jefferson78611
Benton7357
Union7203
Klamath7014
Morrow6307
Lincoln58813
Wasco48818
Josephine4544
Columbia4453
Coos3961
Hood River3721
Clatsop3420
Baker2663
Crook2016
Grant1271
Tillamook1130
Curry1122
Lake1090
Harney891
Wallowa703
Sherman230
Gilliam210
Wheeler30
Unassigned00
Eugene
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 42°
Corvallis
Overcast
37° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 37°
Roseburg
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 44°
North Bend
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 42°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events