The government of Tanzania has gone to the dogs in its effort to stop the flow of ivory taken from elephants.
This spring four Belgian Malinois, Kyra-K, Messi, Yana and Max-Z, began patrolling the Julius Nyerere International Airport and the Port of Dar es Salaam, looking for smuggled goods.
The four dogs are part of the world’s first canine detection team trained specifically to sniff out illegal wildlife products in shipping cargo and airport luggage. Officials are hoping they will help take a bite out of the illicit ivory trade.
The dogs and their Tanzanian handlers completed a 10-week course at the United States Customs and Border Protection’s canine training center in El Paso, Tex., and a follow-up course in Tanzania. The Belgian Malinois were chosen for, among other things, their ability to work in extreme heat.
Tanzania’s elephant population is shrinking fast. The country had 43,000 elephants in 2014, down from about 110,000 in 2009, according to the latest available government figures. Tanzania and several other African countries have seen a rise in poaching of ivory tusks by well-armed criminal gangs that have pushed some wildlife species near extinction.
Globally, the trade in illegal wildlife is estimated to be about $20 billion a year. Many of the products, like ivory and rhino horns, end up in Asian countries, where they are used as ornaments or in traditional medicine.
The Tanzanian authorities reported breaking up a decades-old ivory smuggling ring with the arrest last October of Yan Feng Glan, a Chinese woman known as the Ivory Queen, as well as a ring of poachers led by a rogue Tanzanian intelligence officer in February.
Police officers are launching a legal case against their employers - alleging their privacy was breached when bodycams recorded footage of them using the toilet.
Body cameras became standard issue in the force last September with the intention of filming incidents including traffic stops and dealings with the public.
But now some police in the village of Round Lake Park, Illinois, have claimed that, instead of being switched on to record these moments alone, the cameras were actually rolling constantly.
According to court papers, 10 officers are claiming the cameras gathered "highly offensive and voyeuristic intrusions", reports the Chicago Tribune.
Eight poachers from Tanzania were on Thursday arrested by Narok county rangers in the Maasai Mara national game reserve.
The eight were part of an 11-man gang that had killed a hippopotamus and a waterbuck in the Game Reserve.
Mara triangle assistant game warden Joseph Kipirir told the Star that the rangers, were on their normal patrol when they spotted the poachers near governors camp.
"We are still carrying out investigations to establish their mission. They were armed with spears and knives and were skinning the animals when we arrested them’’ said Kipirir.
The weekend of August 12-14 will mark the 10th Annual Wardens on Wheels motorcycle rally. The rally takes place at the International Peace Gardens, home of the North American Game Warden Museum. The Peace Gardens are located on the North Dakota/Manitoba border. The weekend events include a Friday night supper and socializing at nearby Lake Metigoshe State Park. Saturday morning we hold a meeting at the Museum then head out on a poker run. We end the day with a cook out, prizes and more time to socialize and visit old and new friends. More information can be found at the web site: http://wardensonwheels.blogspot.ca/search?updated-min=2016-01-01T00:00:00-07:00&updated-max=2017-01-01T00:00:00-07:00&max-results=3
On Sunday, May 15, 2016, the Lacey Township Police Department led a multi-agency task force covering in excess of 60 square miles of rural wooded area in Lacey Township and Ocean Township within Ocean County. The focus of the detail was on the detection and deterrence of criminal activity, trespassing, and off-road vehicle violations in the Pinelands and on private property. The task force was made up of law enforcement officers from the Lacey Township Police Department with the assistance of the Ocean Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, the New Jersey State Park Police, and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
At approximately 1:05 p.m., on Sunday, May 15, 2016, a patrol team from the task force, made up of the above agencies and led by Lacey Police Sergeant Paul Sullivan, Jr, and Lacey Police Senior Officer Michael Eden, observed a suspicious vehicle within the wooded area in Lacey Township. The vehicle was a 2007, Hyundai Tucson which was pulled off of the path and into the woods on Bryant Road in Lacey Township within the Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Area. Upon further investigation, the task force officers located two individuals in the wooded area approximately 100 yards from the parked vehicle. One subject, identified as Bruce J. Post, 3rd, was wearing combat gear and gave indications of possible white-supremacist involvement. Upon speaking with the two subjects and determining their activities to be suspicious, the officers then discovered an AK-47, a Walther P38 9mm handgun, eight 30-round high-capacity magazines, and one 100-round drum magazine, and various forms of ammunition at the scene within the woods. Officers arrested 42-year-old Bruce J. Post, 3rd of Exton Avenue in Trenton (Hamilton), NJ for several criminal offenses. He was transported to the Lacey Township Police Department for processing. The second individual, identified as a 38-year-old male from Trenton (Hamilton), NJ, was detained at the scene and not arrested as the investigation continued.