Inspector Dock Steals the Show
The Service's Office of Law Enforcement in Alaska recently showed a delegation of law enforcement officials from Nepal how we catch and prosecute those who take part in the illegal wildlife trade.
Our four-legged wildlife inspector, Dock, stole the show by sniffing out endangered sea turtle shells hidden in a vehicle’s frontend.
Dock has greatly increased the volume of packages that can be inspected at the port of Anchorage. In the time it takes a wildlife inspector to physically open and inspect one parcel, Dock can inspect 50.
Through the port of Anchorage at the Ted Stevens International Airport, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service inspectors examine 4000 wildlife shipments a year. They find a surprising array of items being smuggled into the country.
An estimated $20 billion dollars of illegal wildlife products are sold each year. This illegal trade threatens thousands of plants and animals around the world.
Nearly every day, Dock and the rest of the team find and seize prohibited wildlife products.
The National Wildlife Property Repository in Denver, Colorado has acres of wildlife products that have been seized by or forfeited to our special agents and wildlife inspectors.
Sadly, the more than a million items in inventory is a fraction of the items in the unlawful wildlife trade.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the best law enforcement program in the world to fight illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife products. They often train investigators and customs officials from other countries how to combat illegal wildlife trade.
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