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A Guide To 'Wildlife Detectives'

A Guide To our EarthFix series on the criminals who are poaching and trafficking Northwest wildlife and the law enforcement and private citizens who are out to stop these crimes against nature.

Demand For Super-Sized Clams Keeps Poachers And Cops Busy

Big money and human health are at stake when it comes to Puget Sound's most lucrative clams and the people charged with protecting them.

When Police Ranks Are Thin, Wildlife Crime Often Does Pay

While federal authorities have turned their attention to global wildlife trafficking, resources have diminished for catching poachers in the Northwest.

Can A Treasured Sea Snail Come Back After Being Poached To Near Extinction?

Pinto abalone  were near extinction by the end of the 1990s in Puget Sound. But with a little help from science, their wild populations are slowly rising.

Oregon Lab Helps Solve The World's Crimes Against Nature

After the FBI refused to devote its forensics expertise to solving wildlife poaching and trafficking cases, the world's only lab dedicated to solving wildlife crimes was built in Oregon.

World's Appetite For Caviar Sends Poachers After Columbia River Sturgeon

Wildlife cops say the high value of black market caviar is driving poachers to target giant sturgeon in the Columbia River, putting the whole population of these fish at risk.

About Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Wrongdoers are profiting from their deadly exploitation of Northwest wildlife, from elk and deer to sturgeon and shellfish. But law enforcement and private citizens are out to stop these crimes against nature.

Series Contributors

Katie Campbell

Former Video Managing Editor, KCTS9/EarthFix

Courtney Flatt

NWPR/EarthFix reporter

Cassandra Profita


Jes Burns


Tony Schick

Investigative and Data Reporter

Ken Christensen

Former Associate Producer, KCTS9/EarthFix

John Rosman

Former Enterprise Digital Producer

MacGregor Campbell

Writer and Animator, Digital

David Steves