Using forensics in wildlife crime investigation

Wildlife forensic science is a specialist branch of forensics.  Its use in criminal investigations is therefore largely based on standard forensic best practice, although there are some particular differences that should be considered when attending a wildlife crime scene or performing laboratory analysis.  The following guides have been prepared to help enforcement officers and forensic laboratory scientists, respectively.

  1. The PAW FWG has produced ‘A guide to the use of specialist techniques in the investigation of wildlife crime’, for wildlife law enforcers.  Please download here.
  2. The Society for Wildlife Forensic Science (SWFS) has produced a document that describes the minimum standards and additional guidelines for wildlife forensic analysts in the sub disciplines of DNA and morphology.  Please download here.