IU Southeast Magazine - Spring 2014 - page 27

IU Southeast
Spring 2014 25
It’s a
zoo out
there!
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Wildlife inspector alum facilitate donations to IU
Southeast Department of Biology
By Sara Cunningham
For Denise Larison B.S. ‘05, finding potentially poisonous
snakes hidden in boxes and dodging a scorpion as it scuttles
toward her is just a part of the job.
“The scorpion was hiding in a shipment from Costa Rica,”
explained Larison, who is a Wildlife Inspector for the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, Port of
Louisville.
“When you search shipments coming in from all over the
world every day, you’re rolling the dice,” she said.
Larison’s unique profession has recently led her to reconnect
with Indiana University Southeast in a very unusual way.
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