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By Paul Affeldt. Wildlife Forensics. A little bit about Wildlife forensics. Poaching is one of the most serious crimes investigated by wildlife forensic scientists. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory is the only lab in the world dedicated to crimes against wildlife .

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a little bit about wildlife forensics
A little bit about Wildlife forensics
  • Poaching is one of the most serious crimes investigated by wildlife forensic scientists.
  • The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory is the only lab in the world dedicated to crimes against wildlife.
  • The national average yearly salary for a wildlife forensic specialist is $39,000.
some of the things the they look for
Some of the things the they look for
  • Blood samples (ideally, in a fresh or dried condition)
  • Tissue samples (same as above, only include frozen)
  • Whole carcasses (same as the above, except we\'re rarely that lucky)
  • Bones
  • Hair
  • Hides
  • Furs
  • Feathers
  • leather goods (purses, shoes, boots...)
  • Poisons
  • Pesticides
  • stomach contents (uh huh)
  • Projectiles (bullets, arrows...)weapons (rifles, bows, traps....)
  • Asian medicinals (rhino horn pills, tiger bone juice...)
  • And pretty much anything else you might imagine that could have come from (or been made from) an animal.
sources
Sources
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Lab -www.lab.fws.gov/students.php
  • Enotes.com: World of Forensic Science- www.enotes.com/forensic-science/wildlife-forensics
  • SimplyHired- www.simplyhired.com/a/salary/search/q-WILDLIFE+FORENSIC+SPECIALIST
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