Wildlife Forensics

    The Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory provides DNA forensic evidence for provincial, federal, international, and non-government agencies. Originally established in 1989 at Queen’s University by Dr. Bradley White, the facility was moved to McMaster University in 1991 and then to Trent University in 1997.  

    In 1991, the laboratory produced the first DNA evidence involving a wildlife infraction to be accepted into a North American court. Since then the lab has processed over 1000 forensic cases involving moose, white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, walleye and rainbow trout. DNA analysis has provided evidence for convictions with fines ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 per case.  The primary purpose of the Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory is for the benefit of wildlife management and, as such, it is a non-profit organization.

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