U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region


An undercover investigation into illegal wildlife exports leads to one man’s incarceration and a hefty fine. Operation Sanguis, led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, discovers illegal monkey blood exports in international shipments.

Damian Martelli currently works as a wildlife inspector in our Amherst, New York law enforcement office. He began his military career in 1990, joining the U.S. Army and serving in Operation Desert Storm while being stationed in Germany. In honor of Veterans Day, Damian shares his story about staying involved and his passion for educating others, even after leaving the armed forces.

We’re checking in with our past interns to find out what they’ve been up to since their last internship with us. Today, meet Gabriel Harper. He’s protecting our natural resources and serving the public as a federal wildlife officer just outside the nation’s capital.