MACHIAS -- Although a deer poaching event played out in the frigid woods behind the University of Maine at Machias last Friday was a mock scenario, Maine Game Wardens Joe McBrine and David Simmons said it mimicked real life. 'I handled an incident exactly like this,'' Simmons told the students in UMM's Wildlife Forensics Class.

The three-hour event highlighted the many collaborative efforts between UMM and the Maine Warden Service and provided the students with a real-life experience - students who plan to be wardens, biologists and researchers. During the class, they interviewed the probable poacher, collected evidence, seized the deceased deer and conducted a necropsy to find the bullet that killed it.

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