New DNR Enforcement K9 |

New DNR Enforcement K9

Conservation Officer Scott Staples and Fennec Conservation Officer Scott Staples and Fennec |  Photo: Photo: Minnesota DNR

Sabrina Ullman
Updated: June 11, 2021 07:28 PM
Created: June 11, 2021 07:17 PM

The Minnesota DNR has a new, furry member for its Enforcement Team. Originally from Hungary, 20-month old Fennic has been training since December. He has graduated from puppy school and begun his career assisting Conservation Officer Scott Staples. 

Staples has another K9 named Schody who retired in December after working with him for ten years. While it can be time-consuming to train enforcement dogs, he believes they are worth the effort.

"They're a wonderful tool," Staples emphasized. "They help us out, they're a ton of work, but they're well worth it."

Fennic went through a training program with the St. Paul Police Department to become certified in patrol and detection. While many detection dogs sniff for drugs, Fennic is trained to find game, fish, and firearms. 

"They're more or less a force multiplier," Staples said. "If you have a piece of evidence, say in a large field, and it's small, you could have, say, ten officers looking through that field to try to find it. Or if you bring a dog out, they'll probably be able to find it in one-thousandth of the time."

Staples added that the difference between a working dog and a household pet is that these dogs are extremely motivated to find what they are looking for and get rewarded with a ball. While the average dog might have a "ruff" time working for hours, Fennic will not stop searching until he achieves his goal. 


Sabrina Ullman

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