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. 

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