OLYMPIA -- A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife program that is
training a dog to sniff out poachers is receiving support from an international hunting
Shikar Safari International, an organization of hunters who have been on safaris
and other hunts abroad, will present a $7,000 check to WDFW Director Bern Shanks at
2 p.m. tomorrow at WDFW headquarters in the Natural Resources Building, 1111
Washington St. SE in Olympia.
On hand for the ceremony will be the eventual recipient of the donation Isaac,
a 3-year-old German shepherd. The money will pay for Isaac's purchase, food and
Isaac is being trained by WDFW Enforcement Officer Mike Neil as a pilot
project. Isaac is expected to be accredited in April by the Washington State Police K-9
Once he is fully trained, Isaac will be able to signal the presence of deer and elk
meat, salmon and shellfish, even in a car trunk. Besides detection, Isaac also is being
trained to track suspects and to protect his fellow officers.
"Isaac will be a big help during hunting season," said Neil.
In the meantime, Isaac is getting on-the-job training by riding with Neil on his
rounds in Pierce, King and Thurston counties.