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The dangers of releasing non-native species into Idaho wilderness

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Idaho Department of Fish and Game/Brian Marek
Officer Brian Marek holds a 3.5-foot alligator that was captured in New Plymouth

The life of a conservation officer is never dull. Enforcing wildlife law takes them to the mountains, desert, rivers and forest.

In their positions, they do everything from conducting population counts to working with biologists to catching and relocating wildlife, like alligators, which is exactly what they picked up from one Idaho resident just a few weeks ago.

Matt O'Connell, Southwest Regional Conservation Officer and Josh Royse, Southwest Regional Supervisor join Idaho Matters to talk more about the wandering alligator.

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Hi, my name is Hannah and I’m the assistant producer for the Idaho Matters show here at BSPR. If you have a suggestion for an Idaho Matters segment, please email idahomatters@boisestate.edu.