The weekend of August 12-14 will mark the 10th Annual Wardens on Wheels motorcycle rally. The rally takes place at the International Peace Gardens, home of the North American Game Warden Museum. The Peace Gardens are located on the North Dakota/Manitoba border. The weekend events include a Friday night supper and socializing at nearby Lake Metigoshe State Park. Saturday morning we hold a meeting at the Museum then head out on a poker run. We end the day with a cook out, prizes and more time to socialize and visit old and new friends. More information can be found at the web site: http://wardensonwheels.blogspot.ca/search?updated-min=2016-01-01T00:00:00-07:00&updated-max=2017-01-01T00:00:00-07:00&max-results=3
After many years of invisibility, game wardens, “the Thin Green Line,” are getting recognition thanks to several reality TV series including North Woods Law, Wardens, and Wild Justice, as well as a number of popular fiction and non-fiction books.
Awareness of wardens also jumped this past spring by news coverage of the crucial role the wardens played in the pursuit of Chris Dorner.
One of the reasons why game wardens have been so invisible is that they are a rare species. Out of over 800,000 law enforcement officers in the entire United States, there are approximately 7,100 game wardens, which is less than the police force of most big cities.
On Sunday afternoon, Vander Muelen and his wife were sailing a small sailboat on Brookville Reservoir when he was unexpectedly tossed into the water by a gust of wind.
Muelen attempted to swim toward his boat but found that the wind was continuing to push the boat away from him.
Muelen, not wearing a life jacket, began to struggle to stay afloat and later stated that he became exhausted and could see no way out of the situation.
WCO David L. Grove was shot and killed in the line of duty on November 11, 2010 while attempting to apprehend two deer poaching suspects. On October 2, 2012, almost two years later, Christopher L. Johnson was convicted of first degree murder and subsequently sentenced to death for David’s murder. WCO Grove was committed to the field of conservation law enforcement and was himself an avid hunter and fisherman. The Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association is currently raising funds for an endowed scholarship at the Pennsylvania State University in WCO Grove’s honor.
Twelve members, from across the state, were chosen to form the unit and began training with the PA State Police in the fall of 2009.
Since then members have participated in memorials to fallen officers, national police week, agency hosted events and have provided funeral services to active and retired agency officers. On average the unit will participate in approximately 30 services per year. The unit also travels to states throughout the nation if there is a Wildlife Officer killed in the line of duty to provide a representative from the PA Game Commission. The Pennsylvania Game Commission Honor Guard has participated in the Fallen Officers Ceremony at the annual conference of the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officer's Association - NAWEOA.
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Featuring internationally renowned Chinese actress Li Bing Bing, who is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme, the PSA vividly illustrates how wildlife crime inflicts a tragic toll of destruction. It asks viewers to make a difference by changing their consumption habits today. Delivered by Ms. Li, the PSA's message is simple: Buying protected wildlife is a crime. Don't be part of it!
A Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officers was killed in the line of duty Friday night, according to Northeast Daily Journal.
Master Sgt. John Collum, 56, of Fulton, was struck by a 2002 NIssan Senty while looking for a possible tresspasser on John Rankin Highway around 10 p.m. in Itawamba County.
An unidentified 19-year-old driver of the car remained at the scene and was taken into custody, where he was still awaiting charges as of Friday night.
The report says charges are expected to be filed within the next few days after the completion of an investigation.
Collum was a 15-year veteran of the department. He was named the 2012 Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Officer of the Year, which played him at the top of a 17-state region.
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On May 31, 2013 Wildlife Officer Joel Campora and Sheriff Cody Carpenter responded to a 911 call of two women trapped in a house during major flooding in Scott County. They arrived on the scene and began a rescue attempt to rescue both women during very dangerous conditions. With one of the victims in the boat and attempting 10 secure the second victim, both the house and the boat were swept away by the heavy current. All four perished in the flood. Joel was a very dedicated Arkansas Game and Fish Officer who left behind 3 wife and two young daughters. The money raised will be given to
them in appreciation of Joel's heroism.
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After receiving an anonymous tip, Idaho Fish and Game officers identified the four men responsible for the carnage: Kaden Skinner, 19, Weiser; Brady King, 19, Meridian; Vaughn Drake, 19, Meridian; and Nathan Graham, 19, Meridian.
During the course of the 18-month investigation, investigators recorded 65 violations, including 23 felonies and 29 misdemeanors, against the four individuals. Several other associates were found to be in violation, but were granted immunity in exchange for their testimony against the four suspects.
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