Aug 2, 2015, 6:16
VP Schoppmeyer tells House Committee to Respect Conservation LEOs

VP Schoppmeyer tells House Committee to Respect Conservation LEOs

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 20:20

July 28, 2015 - Today FLEOA VP Chris Schoppmeyer stormed Capitol Hill, testifying in the U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations as the lone witness on behalf of federal conservation law enforcement in a hearing that intended to cast a negative light on the work of conservation LEOs.  VP Schoppmeyer set the stage and took the wind out of the opposition through his description of the dangers, difficulties and successes of conservation law enforcement.

 "(Conservation) law enforcement officers in the state and federal government are nine times more likely to be assaulted with a dangerous weapon than traditional police officers," Schoppmeyer stated, continuing that many officers work alone and in remote locations, which often makes them targets of aggression and deadly encounters.

Game Warden Forum

Saturday, 11 July 2015 13:22

Todd Vandivert, a retired Washington game warden and present editor of International Game Warden Magazine, has started a game warden forum; open only to current and retired game wardens (closed to the public).  The forum was created so game wardens from across the world will have a place to share stories, ask for advice, or even to help plan hunting/fishing vacations.  Active or retired game wardens can become forum members by logging on to:  https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/gamewardenforum

Ton Of Confiscated Ivory Crushed In New York’s Times Square

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:12

More than a ton of ivory confiscated from New York and Philadelphia was crushed in Times Square on Friday to show intolerance for elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade, federal wildlife authorities said.

The event demonstrated the urgency for stopping the criminal trade, which is killing elephants faster than the animals are reproducing, imperiling their populations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

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Justin Knackstedt

Blaine Taypotat Gets 9.5 Years In Death Of Saskatchewan Conservation Officer

Monday, 15 June 2015 13:24

A 36-year-old man has received a 9.5 year sentence after hitting and killing a 23-year-old conservation officer with his vehicle in 2013.

Last year, Blaine Taypotat pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Justin Knackstedt, as well as impaired driving and criminal negligence causing death. Taypotat hit and killed the conservation officer while Knackstedt directed traffic on the highway.

The sentence was just shy of a 10 year sentence being asked by the Crown. Taypotat also received a 20 year driving ban. He will be given a 36-month credit for time already spent on remand.

Justice R.D. Maher said he believed the sentence should be on the higher end of the spectrum. He said there were a number of factors that led to his decision, including the fact that Taypotat's blood alcohol content was three times over the legal limit, the fact that he was under judicial orders not to drive or drink at the time and the fact that he fled the scene.

Before he was loaded into a police vehicle, Taypotat said he was sorry.

"I'd like to give my apologies to the Knackstedt family," he said. "I'm sorry for everything I've done ... I hope that you can move on with your lives."

One of Knackstedt's supporters shouted, "Sorry won't bring Justin back." Taypotat responded, "I know. Like I said, no matter how much time I do, or how many times I say I'm sorry, it's not going to bring him back."

Kevin Callele, the man responsible for the Ministry of Environment's enforcement arm, said Knackstedt's death was deeply felt.

"Justin was a close friend and a co-worker, and it impacted everybody throughout the ministry," Callele said. "We just hope today that the sentence that was given will bring some closure to the family."

Callele said the death was made harder considering Knackstedt's age.

"Justin was a young gentleman that was just starting his career," he said. "He had a passion for the outdoors, he had a passion for the work he did, and he was looking forward to a career in the ministry."

Knackstedt and his partner were driving to patrol nearby Blackstrap Provincial Park when they stopped to help direct traffic around a highway traffic accident.

Investigators believed Taypotat was driving between 96-115 km/h when he hit Knackstedt with his vehicle.

During sentencing arguments, defence lawyers entered a Gladue report, which said Taypotat had been a victim of residential schools and years of abuse and neglect.

Wildlife Field Forensics, Canadian Edition

Wildlife Field Forensics, Canadian Edition

Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:58

June 2nd-4th, 2015 Vancouver Island University Nanaimo, BC

Topics covered by field-oriented presenters:
GPS for evidentiary use (Tony Latham)
Firearms evidence (Tony Latham)
Digital/electronic forensics (TBA)
necropsy basics (Helen Schwantje)
decomposition for time-of-death analysis (Carleen Gonder)
Forensic entomology for time-of-death (Gail Anderson)
DNA analysis (Rick Jobin)
Marine decomposition (Gail Anderson)
Practical case history (TBA)

Registration; http://conferenceregistration.viu.ca
Conference Poster http://naweoa.org/pdf/2015/Wildlife%20Field%20Forensics%20Poster%20Canada.pdf
Conference Instructors http://naweoa.org/pdf/2015/Wildlife%20Field%20forensics%20Instructors%20&%20Seminars%20Canada.pdf