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State wildlife officers travel to Africa to help protect elephants

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Congratulations to our DLE members Major Scott Florence, Captain Jesse Paluch, Lt. Liza Bobseine, Lt. Karen Przyklek, and Investigator Edward Piwko, who recently returned from South Africa on a trip in which they trained about 20 wildlife officers from South Africa, as well as the neighboring countries of Swaziland and Mozambique, on forensic crime techniques that will help better track and catch poachers who are ruthless in their killing of elephants for their ivory tusks. 

These PBA members were recognized upon their return by DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, and this week the Albany Times Union published this front page article about their (self funded) trip which included details about how they trained the African Park Rangers in collecting evidence from the crime scenes of the elephant killings. Congratulations to Major Florence, Captain Paluch, Lt. Bobseine, Lt. Przyklek and Investigator Piwko for your commitment and dedication to fighting the ivory trade on a worldwide level!