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Fish and Game welcomes new K9 officer

Monday, 04 September 2017 12:08
The newest member of the state Fish and Game Department definitely will work for food.
Cora the black Lab and her handler, Conservation Officer James Benvenuti, recently completed a six-week training and certification program at Vermont Criminal Justice Training Center. They’ve been training together since last fall, and this was the final step in becoming a certified team.
“She’s ready to go to work,” Benvenuti said.
Cora and Benvenuti, who are based out of the Region 3 office in Durham, are now certified in evidence/article detection (finding objects that contain human scent as well as shell casings and gunpowder), fish and wildlife detection (fish, venison and turkey) and tracking.
Benvenuti said his 13-month-old dog excels at fish detection. Cora has already been on the job, checking fishermen’s coolers at boat launches, where she’s been “well received,” he said.

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Conservation Officer James Benvenuti and his dog Cora are the newest addition to Fish and Game's K9 Conservation Corps. (Courtesy/Bri Benvenuti)


Texas Game Wardens Aid in Houston Area Flood Response

Monday, 04 September 2017 12:08

HOUSTON – Texas game wardens have been busy responding to devastating floods that inundated a dozen southeast Texas counties over the last few days, conducting over 170 water rescues of individuals and families who were caught in the quickly rising waters.

“The Texas game wardens’ knowledge of the waterways and back country areas have allowed them to quickly locate and rescue those who have been trapped by the floods ,” said Texas Game Warden Maj. William Skeen. “Conditions out there have been difficult, but I’m very proud of the efforts by our game wardens, they have saved many lives. Regardless of how dangerous it is, our men and women will stay engaged with local communities and state response efforts until this event is over."

Wardens were dispatched in all affected counties, including: Palo Pinto, Parker, Johnson, Harris, Waller, Austin, Montgomery, Grimes, Fayette, Colorado, Falls and Milam. In addition to water rescues, wardens conducted 78 evacuations, rescued 27 pets, 240 welfare checks and assisted in the recovery of one fatality in Waller County.

For over 100 years, Texas Game Wardens have provided professional law enforcement, search and rescue and water safety while working to conserve and protect our natural resources. Texas Game Wardens respond locally to natural disasters and also operate a statewide search and rescue team. Game wardens also work closely with the Texas Division of Emergency Management during large-scale disasters.

Police Say Man Assaulted Fish and Boat Officers

Friday, 28 April 2017 13:38

A man is facing multiple charges after police say he resisted arrest and assaulted two Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission conservation officers. According to a criminal complaint, Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday to the Spring Creek Canyon access on Spring Creek Road in Benner Township where the two conservation officers said they had observed a man, later identified as Terrance S. Reese, 26, sitting on a tree stump near the creek with his head between his legs.

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SD Game, Fish & Parks To Equip Conservation Officers, Park Rangers With Body Cameras

Friday, 28 April 2017 13:34

The next time you encounter a conservation officer with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks… smile, because you’ll likely be recorded. More than 70 department employees will soon have body cameras, including all officers and park rangers. Marty Pennock has been a conservation officer with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks for 24 years. Pennock said, “I love the outdoors. I love the public. I love the interaction with people.” The job takes him all over the southeast portion of the state. His region alone covers 20 counties in South Dakota. “What we’re doing is checking for compliance,” said Pennock. “Making contacts with landowners, enforcing rules and regulations within the state.” Pennock says the job often takes officers far away from their vehicles. So rather than having cameras on their trucks or boats, they will all be equipped with body cameras.

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Maine Warden Service Graduates Ten New Game Wardens

Friday, 28 April 2017 13:24

Vassalboro, ME (WAGM) Today, the Maine Warden Service graduated ten new game wardens at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The new wardens recently completed an extensive 12-week advanced academy specifically for Maine’s game wardens. The Advanced Warden Academy followed the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) required of all full-time Maine police officers. The past 12 weeks prepared the new wardens by utilizing classroom, field and scenario based training components.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Creates Conservation Officer Appreciation Day

Monday, 20 March 2017 17:25

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed Wednesday, March 15, as Michigan Conservation Officer Appreciation Day in recognition of the brave men and women who serve in the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division. Two men flanked by flags hold a framed proclamation. The division was created in 1887, making it Michigan’s oldest statewide law enforcement agency. Conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers. They are best known for their environmental and natural resources protection responsibilities, but they also ensure recreational safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve.

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Columbia County hunter pleads guilty in accidental shooting of NY state conservation officer

Saturday, 25 February 2017 16:25

GALLATIN, N.Y. >> The man who accidentally shot a state environmental conservation officer in November 2016 took responsibility Friday in Columbia County Court. Alan Blanchard, 55, of Gallatin, pleaded guilty to felony assault before Judge Jonathan Nichols, according to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. The commissioner said Blanchard admitted “dangerous and reckless conduct when he shot Environmental Conservation Officer James Davey.” Blanchard was hunting in woods off Silvernails Road about 5 p.m. Nov. 29 when he accidentally shot Davey in the pelvis with a 30-30 rifle, police said at the time.

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Woman fatally shot man fighting with conservation officer

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:56

RISING SUN, Ind.– Indiana State Police say a Moores Hill man was killed by a person who witnessed the man fighting with an officer. The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday in the 8300 block of State Road 56, west of Rising Sun. Officers were called to the scene on a report of a suspicious person. A conservation officer made contact with a man, identified as Justin Holland, 32, who was near a vehicle along State Road 56. During their interaction, police say Holland began to resist the officer and started a fight.

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K-9 dog partner refuses to stop licking officer during portrait

Saturday, 18 February 2017 23:24

INDIANAPOLIS – One Indiana conservation officer was shown some true puppy love as he and his K9 attempted to take a photo. Officer Levi Knach, who works in DNR Law Enforcement District 2, and K9 Kenobi sat down to take a formal portrait, but it seemed as if they just couldn’t get it right. Kenobi showed everyone just how much he adored his partner during the photo shoot. Eventually, the two did get it right.

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