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CSI animal kingdom: America's secret wildlife crime lab

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My next career. Those contraband armadilloes and fish bladders need me, man.

Detective HalibutBoy is on the case!

It's like Ace Ventura Pet Detective!

Goddard, 68, began his career in Southern California, working as a crime-scene investigator. In the late 1970s, Fish and Wildlife Service agents realized they needed a laboratory to analyze their evidence. (“F.B.I. wouldn’t do it,” Goddard recalled. “They said, ‘Be serious. We’re gonna work a deer case?’ ”) Goddard was hired to get the operation off the ground. After years of bureaucratic haggling, the lab opened in July 1989.

Don't get too close to those armadillos, man!

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