• Name: Ranger
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Black
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: 69 pounds
  • Birthday: January 6, 2015
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Dave Wiley
  • Location: Nashville Field Division

K-9 Ranger is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the Nashville Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler (SACH) Dave Wiley. K-9 Ranger’s job is to find explosives, guns and ammunition. He is also an ATF Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) able to work off leash up to 150 yards away from his handler and detect more than 19,000 distinct odors.

K-9 Ranger has been successful in assisting local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on numerous searches to include the recovery of explosives, post blast debris, firearms, ammunition and shell casings. He also served on multiple deployments to support security details.

Recent Find 

In August 2020, local authorities in Alabama requested assistance from SACH Wiley and K-9 Ranger on an investigation. Once on site, K-9 Ranger found a firearm tossed out of a vehicle by a convicted felon fleeing the scene. Later that month on August 16, K-9 Ranger conducted another search and readily located a firearm that was used in a double homicide in Alabama.  


Last Reviewed October 5, 2020