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DEC Officers, K9 ‘Shamey’ Star in 'Got Game?' Presentation at AIC

March 1 event focuses on human-canine teams

The Northern Forest Institute (NFI) continues its Got Game? series March 1 with a presentation by two New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officers and "Shamey," a member of the K9 Unit.

Sgt. Keith Isles and Officer Steve de la Rosa will work with Shamey to demonstrate the high level of training undergone by the officers and dogs that make up the DEC K9 Unit.

The K9 Unit is a vital force of highly trained environmental conservation officers and their K9 partners stationed throughout New York state. Each team, comprising a handler and a dog, has a geographic territory where they are responsible for the preservation, protection, and enhancement of the state's fish, wildlife, and environment. In addition to these duties, the unit helps in locating poachers and hidden evidence, tracking people who are reported missing and assisting other agencies.

K9 Shamey is trained in the detection of firearms, ammunition, venison and bear meat, as well as handler protection. Shamey will display his training and obedience skills with Isles and de la Rosa.

The program will be 3 to 5 p.m. at the Adirondack Interpretive Center. The Got Game? series is held the first Saturday of each month, January through April, on the Newcomb Campus of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Each month features an open discussion on a different theme related to hunting, fishing, sportsmen and sportswomen.

A chili dinner and light beverages will be provided; the cost is $5 per person. Registration is required for this event. Those wishing to register or obtain more information can call (518) 582-2000 or email aic@esf.edu.