Three New Teams Added To Canine Services Unit
TORONTO, July 28 /CNW/ -
The Ministry of Natural Resources is strengthening its enforcement
capacity with the addition of three canine services teams to assist field
conservation officers in their investigations and other duties.
The new teams will work out of Thunder Bay, North Bay and Bancroft. Three
canine teams are already working out of Dryden, Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.
The teams provide valuable support in tracking violators from poaching or
crime scenes, and locating concealed fish and wildlife, firearms and other
evidence of crimes. They also play a key role in search and rescue efforts,
and take part in education and community outreach activities.
Canine teams are made up of one conservation officer handler and a highly
trained dog. Each team must complete a 16-week training course at the ministry
canine training centre in Sudbury, and attend refresher training sessions
throughout their time of service.
"These new canine teams will expand and strengthen the ability of our
conservation officers to inspect, enforce, educate and collaborate with other
agencies," said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/About/2ColumnSubPage/249086.html). "Since 1990,
canine teams have helped Ontario's conservation officers protect our natural
resources and keep our great outdoors safe."
- In addition to working with conservation officers, the Ministry of
Natural Resources' (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/index.html) canine
teams also provide assistance to the Ontario Provincial Police,
municipal police services and other natural resources agencies.
- Canines accompany their handlers every day to work and ride with them
in boats, snow machines, helicopters and all-terrain vehicles.
- The dogs trained for the Canine Services Unit are generally hunting
breeds such as Labrador retrievers or retriever mixes.
- Find out more about how Ontario's Conservation Officers
our natural resources (ontario.ca/conservationofficer).
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For further information:
For further information: David Bauer, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212;
Barry Radford, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-0652