Forensic lab is the “CSI” of wildlife investigations

Alberta Justice & Solicitor General

Science helps bring Alberta poachers to justice

It seems like everyone with a TV knows about the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” show. Shows like this have shone a light on the forensic investigation techniques used by police agencies, but what about agencies with a different mandate, like Alberta’s fish and wildlife enforcement branch? Do they use forensic investigation?

Just as a hair left behind by a burglar can be matched to a suspect through DNA analysis, the fish and wildlife enforcement branch’s forensic unit can match the DNA from a bear claw or a set of antlers to a carcass wastefully abandoned by poachers. Lab staff analyze 400 to 600 such exhibits every year.

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