Dogged Pursuit of Poachers

May 10, 2008 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Anglers might see a German shepherd out on the water this weekend helping the Minnesota DNR enforce fishing laws.
Saber will be on a patrol boat this weekend with his partner, conservation officer Todd Kanieski.
The dog has been trained to find violations such as extra walleye in the weeds or a deer that’s been killed out of season.
The DNR bought and trained Saber and another dog, Hunter, with help from Gander Mountain and the North Country Bowhunters Chapter of Safari Club.

Fish and wildlife enforcement dogs have some of the same skills as typical police dogs. For example, they can run down and latch onto, or bite, a suspect’s arm. They also can defend their human handlers.

In a recent successful search:

CO Todd Kanieski (Osseo) along with his K9 partner Saber investigated a report of a large nine-point deer shot illegally. K9 Saber’s skills were put to use by determining where the poacher and the buck were standing when the deer was shot. Saber located two expended shotgun shells from the suspect’s gun. Saber also helped pinpoint where the buck was standing based on a search for trace blood evidence. The suspect was charged for shooting from the road right of way. The shotgun and deer were seized.

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