Wildlife crime scene investigators converge on college campus
Aug. 8, 2011 – It may not be the hit television show but it’s comparable. Approximately 25 wildlife crime scene investigators will be at Lethbridge College Aug. 9-11 for a wildlife field forensics seminar. The advanced training for wildlife crime scene investigators is based on a United States conference held since 2007 and is being hosted in Canada for the first time.
Techniques and tools used by forensic fish and wildlife investigators are typically borrowed from human forensic sciences. Although similarities between humans and other mammals exist, there are significant differences in investigation techniques between human and non-human crimes. This seminar’s focus on fish and wildlife specific investigations will be of great benefit to conservation law enforcement agencies across Canada and the US.
“We are expecting officers from all across Canada including Nunavut and the Maritimes as well as an officer from the eastern US seaboard,” says Allan Orr, seminar organizer and Lethbridge College instructor in Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Conservation Enforcement. “Several of the officers attending are graduates of the college’s Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Conservation Law degree program.”
The seminar consists of presentations and hands-on learning provided by recognized leaders in the field. Lethbridge College is hoping to make this an annual offering to Canadian, American and international officers.
The college’s Environmental Science programs have a solid reputation across Canada for providing grads with relevant, up-to-date, hands-on training. This seminar showcases faculty and programs to those in attendance, as well as the college’s state-of-the-art Cousins Science Centre and Hubbard Collection.