Wildlife Officer K-9s: Collecting Evidence

Wildlife Officer Chris Gilkey and K-9 partner Mattis recently assisted the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in finding a firearm that was hidden in the woods in Pike County. The firearm is believed to have been used in a suspected murder and was hidden for 10 days. BCI requested our assistance because the Ohio Division of Wildlife K-9’s are trained to detect items containing raw or burnt gun powder. At the scene, it took Mattis only 10 minutes to sniff out the firearm, which was well hidden under a rock and still loaded.

Thank you to Officer Gilkey and Mattis for playing an important part in this investigation by collecting crucial evidence!

Want to know more about the Division of Wildlife’s K-9s and what their noses can do? Check out our K‐9 officer blog at bit.ly/wildlifeK9s #ODWK9