SCDNR K-9 teams deployed numerous times in October November 28, 2018
K-9 team training in the field. (SCDNR Photo by Taylor Main)
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ (SCDNR) K-9 teams were deployed 14 times during the month of October.
Lance Cpl. Brian Welch and K-9 Max of Clemson were deployed five times in Region 1 for incidents including baiting on WMA, trespass to hunt, failure to tag deer at point of kill, over the limit of deer, night hunting and small game out of season.
The team was requested in the National Forest in Oconee County in reference to a suspect who possibly shot over the limit of deer. K-9 Max tracked the suspect nearly half a mile through thick vegetation, locating the kill site, an additional untagged doe, the stand location and a spent shell casing.
Region 2 Pfc. Brian Urquhart and K-9 Lola of Florence were deployed five times.
The team assisted Darlington officers with a night hunting case where a suspect ran from officers into the woods. The suspect was taken into custody prior to them arriving, but K-9 Lola worked a large wood lot and found a loaded 12-guage shotgun hidden behind a tree.
Region 3 Pfc. Patrick Nettles and K-9 Cash of Bamberg were deployed twice and conducted two public presentations at the Cope Career Center for their Law Enforcement Class Levels 1 and 2. K-9 Cash demonstrated his abilities of an article search and wildlife detection for the students.
Region 4 Sgt. Freddie Earhart and K-9 Blue of Moncks Corner were deployed twice.
K-9 Blue tracked two subjects after Sgt. Earhart located their vehicle parked along a gravel road. They were found to be hunting a closed Hunt Unit within Francis Marion WMA.
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