Sep 27, 2016, 8:38

Game Wardens Putting Their Lives on the Line

Game Wardens Putting Their Lives on the Line

We hunters and Americans in general owe many thanks to our nation’s game wardens. In addition to enforcing our nation’s laws against poaching, these wildlife and conservation law officers constantly patrol our state and federal lands and also respond to violations on private property all to keep wildlife held in the public trust protected for the public. And they do not hesitate to put their lives on the line. Here is just one case in point.

At 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) game warden on patrol in Humbolt County, Calif., observed a vehicle with several persons spotlighting deer. The warden attempted to conduct a law-enforcement stop when someone in the rear of the vehicle fired at him. A vehicle pursuit ensued with the suspects crashing off the road then fleeing into the woods.

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Kansas Game Warden finds stolen car, items taken in burglary

MIAMI COUNTY – Law enforcement authorities in Linn County are investigating a car theft and burglary.  On Sunday, a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks warden located an abandon car on LaCygne Wildlife Area in Miami County, according to a social media report.  A follow up investigation determined the vehicle was stolen in Linn County along with the personal property it contained.

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48 new NY conservation officers, forest rangers ready for action

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos presided over the graduation of 31 environmental conservation officers (ECOs) and 17 forest rangers from the agency's 20th Basic School for Uniformed Officers.

The 48 new officers received their diplomas in a formal ceremony at the Kallet Theater in Pulaski. The New York State Environmental Police Pipes and Drums Corps led the graduates into the theater.

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On Sunday, August 21, 2016 at around 12:40 a.m. a California Fish and Wildlife Warden was on patrol on Redwood House Road in Carlotta, when he observed a vehicle and persons engaged in spotlighting deer. The F&W Warden attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on the vehicle when a person who was in the rear of the vehicle opened fire on the Warden. A vehicle pursuit ensued with the suspects crashing the vehicle off the road. The suspects fled into the woods and disappeared.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation along with the District Attorney’s Office. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and DA’s Office learned through their investigation that 24 year old Shawn Eugene Hof Jr. was one of the suspects. The Sheriff’s Office has obtained a $500,000 Ramey Warrant for Hof’s arrest.

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Conservation officers dedicate patrol boat to former law chief

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mi (WPBN/WGTU)-- Every sailor knows the importance of giving their ship a good, solid name.  That's why conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources came together in Sault Ste. Marie to christen one of their life saving patrol boats.  For three years, the patrol boat has remained nameless as it worked to save lives along the Saint Marys River and Great Lakes.  After Wednesday morning's christening, it is proudly known as the David Jones.

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Man arrested after fleeing conservation officers and crashing on dirt trail in Concord

CONCORD — A Concord man was arrested after crashing his car while being chased off road Sunday by state Fish and Game conservation officers, the Department of Fish and Game said.
Jonathan Benedict, 30, was cited for off-highway recreational vehicle offenses, driving offenses and drug-related offenses, the department said in a statement.

The department said conservation officers were patrolling the powerlines off Garvin Falls Road in Concord when they saw a car illegally operating off road early Sunday afternoon.
When an officer tried to get the driver to stop, the driver took a trail leading into the woods. He accelerated when he approached a sand pile, cleared the pile, but crashed into a ditch.

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Eight bears put down in Revelstoke

Fruit and garbage are bringing bears into the town of Revelstoke, leading to a number of frightening encounters with the large mammals and a number of bear kills, including one in the downtown this week.

Since Aug. 1, there have been 40 reports of bears in Revelstoke.

“Typically, spring and fall are the high volume seasons for bear calls, but it seems earlier than last year,” said Dan Bartol, a conservation officer based in Golden. “The problem started escalating Aug. 1.”

With the increased volume of calls, Bartol started working out how to reduce the hazard and mapping out hot spots.

“The attractants are fruit and garbage and the extent of the problem is very discouraging.”

Bartol has had to put down eight garbage-habituated bears in Revelstoke this week, including one very public shooting. Another bear was destroyed because it was suffering from a serious injury.

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Conservation Officers Arrest Marengo Man, Recover Stolen Jewelry

(CRAWFORD CO.) - Indiana Conservation Officers arrested a Marengo man Thursday after receiving a report of a burglary.

Police arrested 27-year-old James Richard Raines on charges of burglary, theft and possession of meth.

While off duty, Indiana Conservation Officer Dennis Talley received a phone call from a distraught citizen who had returned home from vacation to discover her house near Leavenworth had been burglarized.

She discovered that someone had broke into her safe and some heirloom and recently purchased jewelry, food, and fireworks had been stolen.

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Multiple Subjects Indicted For Wildlife Crimes In Ohio

On August 4, 2016, State Wildlife Officers from the ODNR Division of Wildlife served an arrest warrant on Robert Mandon Freeworth, 36, of Grand Rapids, Ohio. The arrest stems from a long-term investigation dubbed Operation North Coast that was closed March 2016 when more than 45 state wildlife officers and investigators executed search warrants and conducted interviews with dozens of subjects. 

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