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K9 Cora Is on the Job at Fish and Game

Col. Kevin Jordan: (603) 271-3128
CO James Benvenuti: (603) 271-3361

August 24, 2017

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CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s K9 Conservation Corps has a new team -- Cora and her partner Conservation Officer James Benvenuti are now on the job. Cora has been working with CO Benvenuti since she was 10 weeks old in September 2016. Since that time, they have completed hundreds of hours of training together.


On August 17, 2017, K9 Cora and CO Benvenuti received their certifications from the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Center. They were certified in Evidence/Article Detection (to include any object that may contain human scent and also shell casings/gun powder detection), Fish and Wildlife Detection (to include fish, venison, and turkey), and also tracking. To complete these certifications, during the detection phases, K9 Cora had to demonstrate the ability to accurately locate and show proper indication on each object in a timely manner. During the tracking phase, K9 Cora had to complete two separate two-mile tracks that were at least one hour old.


"K9 Cora completed a total of 81 tracks throughout the six-week period, which ranged from distances of 100 yards to over two miles in conditions from 85-degree heat to pouring rain, in daylight and also at night," said Benvenuti. "She is a wonderful partner, and I look forward to working with her for many years."


K9 Cora completed many tracks through the woodlands and across rivers in urban areas, as well as downtown areas and busy paved roads. She located evidence articles ranging from hidden guns and knives to ID cards, cell phones, and rubber gloves, which were hidden in overgrown hayfields, open fields, and woodlands. The fish and wildlife "hides" she located included venison, turkey, and multiple species of saltwater and freshwater fish.


Cora's name refers to the acronym for the Conservation Officers Relief Association (CORA).


Learn more about Fish and Game Law Enforcement’s canine conservation teams at


You can help support the NH Fish and Game K9 Conservation Corps by sending a donation to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH -- Canine Fund, PO Box 3993, Concord, NH 03302, or donate online at (specify Canine Fund).


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