August's Featured K9 Team is VT State Game Warden Rob Sterling and K9 Crockett.
Warden Sterling has been with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife since November of 1996. Prior to joining VT Law Enforcement, he was a member of the USCG for 3 years. His current partner is K9 Crockett, whom he has had for 3 years. K9 Crockett is Warden Sterling's second K9 partner. K9 Rufus had been his partner for 9 years, and is now enjoying retirement. The team is certified in tracking and evidence recovery as well as gun powder detection. K9 Crockett's passion in his work is tracking, as well as swimming! K9 Crockett can be credited with some very impressive work and below are two incidents of that.
Opening day of the 2016 deer hunting season, K9 Crockett tracked a suspect who shot over another hunter’s head. K9 Crockett tracked him through the woods to his ATV parked on a roadway. The suspect then returned to his ATV where Warden Sterling was waiting for him and he was arrested. The suspect admitted to the incident and walking through the woods to his ATV and then getting in to a vehicle and leaving the scene. During the track, illegal baiting areas for deer were found. Because of K9 Crockett’s track, the suspect was charged with reckless endangerment, interfering with a lawful hunt, two counts of feeding deer, and one count of hunting over bait.
K9 Crockett located a revolver that had been stuffed in to a wood chuck hole in a field in Poultney. The gun had been stolen from a residence.