CHEYENNE - Dee Dee Hawk, director of the Game and Fish Wildlife Forensics and Fish Health laboratory in Laramie has earned nationwide recognition from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Hawk earned the Boone and Crockett award, sponsored by the Boone and Crockett Club, which is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and has been a prime mover in recognized wildlife programs.
In addition to overseeing all laboratory functions, which include wildlife forensics, fish health, and tooth aging, Hawk is personally responsible for the technical review of all work in the forensic section of the Laboratory. Identifying blood, meat, and biologic fluids collected in wildlife law enforcement and other biologically oriented cases are all included in her duties.
The Game and Fish laboratory, located on the University of Wyoming campus, assists with helping solve Wyoming wildlife crimes and is also recognized as one of the premier wildlife forensic labs in the nation .In addition to helping solve in-state wildlife crimes, its services are contracted by Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Iowa, and Illinois.
The lab has the capability of testing evidence from 13 different species including mule deer, white-tailed deer,moose, elk, pronghorn, mountain lion, bobcat, black bear, grizzly bear, turkey, sage grouse, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep.
Hawk is also an American Fisheries Society Certified Aquatic Animal Health Inspector which performs annual fish health inspections on all state and private aquaculture facilities in the state of Wyoming.
Over the years she has provided training to other laboratory personnel and law enforcement personnel in areas of expertise, including sample submission, analyses and crime scene investigations. She has provided training to the Wyoming State Vet Lab, forensic sections of multiple college courses, Women in Science crime scene training, trained personnel in other states in wildlife forensics including Idaho, South Dakota, and Colorado.
She is also president of the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science, whose focus is organizing professionals worldwide around the common issues facing their work. The society has 153 members from 15 countries (22 percent of its members are from outside the United States).
Hawk who is from Newcastle, Wyo. Attended the University of Wyoming earning bachelor’s degrees in microbiology, and medical technology and a master’s degree in pathobiology.
She began her Game and Fish career in 1994 as a forensic specialist at the Game and Fish Lab and in 2005 was promoted to supervisor of the laboratory.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)