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Tanzania Uses Dogs to Catch Ivory Smugglers

Monday, 04 July 2016 14:48

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.

Hippos seem to enjoy sunbathing on a river bank at the Maasai Mara.

Eight Tanzanian poachers arrested in Maasai Mara

Monday, 27 June 2016 13:54

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.

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Nepal Locals Barred From Entering Chitwan National Park

Nepal Locals Barred From Entering Chitwan National Park

Saturday, 23 January 2016 16:04

Nepal The Chitwan National Park (CNP) has prevented the locals from entering the national park area after the folks were found falling sal trees in the CNP. 

The national park had allowed the locals’ entry for thatch grass collection some days ago but the locals were involved in cutting sal trees by taking advantage of the national park’s step. 

Chief Conservation Officer of the CNP, Ram Chandra Kandel, said that entry of the local residents is prevented after their involvement in the falling of the sal trees. 

The officials said that the locals would not get a chance to enter the park with weapons in case they were permitted to visit the national park area. 

Likewise, Assistant Conservation Officer Abhinaya Pathak said that four-five sal trees were readied to smuggle after cutting near Shivadwara area of Ayodhyapuri. He, however, said that no one was arrested in connection to the incident. 

As the local residents were found involved in falling trees, the CNP has also terminated the period for collecting the thatch grass prior to the given time.

New South Wales government conservation officer was gunned down and killed doing his job

Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

LAST month a New South Wales government conservation officer was gunned down and killed doing his job. The victim, Glenn Turner, was a father who worked in the compliance section for the Office of Environment and Heritage.

His job was to lawfully enforce the provisions of the Native Vegetation Management Act 2003 which aims to protect forests and bush lands from illegal landclearing. He was one of the few enforcement officers left following the purge of the NSW public service that followed the election of the O’Farrell government in 2011.

Jeff Foiles Pleads Guilty to Federal Duck Hunting Violations

Sunday, 03 July 2011 02:09
Working together with state wildlife enforcement agents in Illinois and Iowa, and internationally with counterparts in Canada, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agents close illegal duck hunting case. Professional duck hunter and guide Jeffrey B. Foiles pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Springfield, Ill., to wildlife charges arising from the illegal sale of guided waterfowl hunts, the Department of Justice announced June 23, 2011.

Foiles, 54, of Pleasant Hill, Ill., pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one misdemeanor count of unlawful sale of wildlife in violation of the Lacey Act, as well as one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking migratory game birds in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  At the same time, the company that operates Foiles’ hunting club, the Fallin’ Skies Strait Meat Duck Club LLC, located in Pike County, Ill., pleaded guilty to an information charging it with one felony count of unlawful sale of wildlife in violation of the Lacey Act and one felony count of making false writings in a matter within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Ranger Relief Update

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 01:29
Hello Wildlife Officers and Agencies,

It’s been a while since I’ve communicated with any of you through NAWEOA or other means but hopefully some of you will remember Ranger Relief and be willing to help in our next mission.  For those of you unfamiliar with RR, we are an organization which takes gently used uniforms, vests, leathers, boots, GPS Units, compasses and camping gear from officers in North America and donates it to Wildlife Officers in other parts of the world whom have neither the funds or access to such items. 

Wild Justice", New Warden Series Premiers On National Geographic

Thursday, 04 November 2010 18:11
Wild Justice"Wild Justice" is the name of the new tv series on the National Geographic Channel featuring California's Game Wardens. Information on the program and showtimes are available at the National Geographic website at

The series is produced by Original Productions; creators of "Deadliest Catch", "Ice Road Truckers", "Axemen" and others.

Deaths of Law Enforcement Officers by Motor Vehicle Crashes

Wednesday, 19 May 2010 23:47
Deaths of law enforcement officers (LEOs) in the line of duty have been tracked by the Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since the 1930’s.
The data has been provided to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and analyzed to provide for a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding LEO deaths. The data is then analyzed and used for training purposes to create more realistic scenarios.
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Conservation Law Enforcement Podcast

Tuesday, 05 January 2010 14:08
?Hello fellow conservation law enforcement officers. I am an officer from the State of Victoria in Australia, and an associate member of NAWEOA.

I produce a bi-weekly (where possible) free podcast relating to conservation law enforcement called Conservation Law Enforcement Today.