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Originally published Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

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Wildlife officers: tough job of finding poachers

To find the people who poach deer, bait bear, or kill wolves, law enforcement officers for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife use the same tools available to other police.

The Associated Press

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OMAK, Wash. —

To find the people who poach deer, bait bear, or kill wolves, law enforcement officers for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife use the same tools available to other police.

They set up stakeouts, get search warrants, gather DNA and fingerprint evidence, and use a variety of surveillance techniques.

The 150 commissioned officers who work for Fish and Wildlife cover everything from commercial fishing in the Columbia River and Puget Sound to hunting violations in the wilds of Eastern Washington.

The Wenatchee World reports ( http://is.gd/nqfDYO) that it's one of the most dangerous police jobs because nearly everyone the officers come in contact with is armed. And they are often alone with the nearest backup sometimes hours away.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com

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