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Dec 17, 2015 12:38 PM

Poacher, NH Fish and Game's first K9, dies after serving the state for 8 years

CONCORD - Poacher, the dog, died peacefully at home after a comfortable retirement for the past five years.

The law enforcement K9 was the N.H. Fish and Game Department's first police canine and the first of several black Labrador retrievers that would go on to serve the department.

"Poacher was my best friend and a great working dog," said Hensel.

Poacher began working with Conservation Officer Mark Hensel in 2003 and Hensel was with him in his final hours.

During Poacher's 8 years with the department, he and Hensel responded to more that 150 law enforcement calls and more than 150 search and rescue missions. He located 14 people who'd become lost, including a suspect in a bank robbery in Wakefield.

Poacher also retrieved evidence used in a double homicide case.

Poacher retired in 2010 but continued to live with Hensel.

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