Wildlife and Veterinary Forensic Entomology

Forensic entomology is commonly used in human death investigations. However, it can be equally applicable to wildlife crimes (Merck 2007). Anderson (1999) describes a case of illegal killing of two young bear cubs in Canada. Entomological data were used to determine the time of death. The time was consistent with the time that the defendants were seen at the scene and was used in their conviction. In addition to this published case study, research has been conducted using various wildlife species during the spring (Watson and Carlton 2003), fall (Watson and Carlton 2005), and winter (Watson and Carlton 2005) seasons.

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