U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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Law Enforcement Import/Export at the airport

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the best law enforcement program in the world to fight illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife products. Chis Andrews and staff in the Import/Export Office aim to stop illegal animal products, and often live animals, from reaching their destinations, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Along with K-9 Dock and his handler, Wildlife Inspector Chad Hornbaker, the rest of the team find and seize prohibited wildlife products. They examine thousands of wildlife shipments a year where they find a surprising array of items being smuggled into the country. Dock has greatly increased the volume of packages that can be inspected at the port of Anchorage.  In the time it takes a wildlife inspector to physically open and inspect one parcel, Dock can inspect 50.

To learn more about some of the items seized both here in Anchorage and around the U.S. check out the National Wildlife Property Repository website. You can also watch a video provided by U.S. Fish & Wildlife on the underground world of illegal trade.