The job of a wildlife enforcement officer, like all law enforcement jobs, is a dangerous one. Inherent in a wildlife officers job is contacting people in remote locations who are armed with guns, knives, and other weapons. Some of the people wildlife officers contact are fugitives, convicted felons, and other wanted subjects. Fortunately, wildlife officers across the country are very well trained professionals.
As evidence of the inherently dangerous circumstances wildlife officers face on the job, in the the last 90 days wildlife officers in four states have had to resort to using deadly force against subjects who were threatening or attempting to inflict great bodily harm or death upon the officers while officers were in the course of their patrol duties.
Everyday, thousands of well-trained conservation law enforcement officers risk their lives while providing for public safety and protecting our natural resources on behalf or current and future generations.
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