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"Dee Dee, what does the Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Forensic and Fish Health Lab do?"

The Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Forensic and Fish Health Lab is an important facility as it pertains to fish and wildlife management in Wyoming. The lab provides services to the Game and Fish and the public, including  wildlife forensics, fish health and tooth aging. Here is more about the programs:

  • Fish health: The fish health program assists Game and Fish hatcheries and regional fisheries biologists in taking a proactive approach to safeguarding the health of fish in our waters. We ensure fish are healthy before being stocked and work to protect native species such as cutthroat trout from diseases.

  • Tooth aging: Tooth aging provides important data about the demographics and health of our big game herds for management as well as satisfying the curiosity of hunters who enjoy learning the age of their harvested animal. Currently, the tooth aging section processes approximately 2,500-3,000 teeth per year for the Wildlife Division. Hopefully we can do even more in our updated lab.

  • Forensics: Our forensics program provides unbiased information to assist in wildlife law enforcement to solve wildlife crimes. Currently, the wildlife forensic laboratory does analysis for wildlife  law enforcement in Wyoming and nine other states pay us for our services. Wyoming’s lab is considered one of the most advanced state laboratories in the country. We currently work on approximately 70 law enforcement annually. Each case can be comprised of anywhere from one to hundreds of samples and involve a variety of testing and analysis.

Dee Dee Hawk
Laboratory Director

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