August 13, 2022 In Conservation 101
‘Wildlife Warriors’ —that is, Game Wardens
Game warden, conservation officer, wildlife ranger, jägermeister (no, not that one), game scout . . . all serve us by enforcing wildlife laws and promoting conservation (above: Michigan Conservation Officer Anna Cullen). The job includes—
- Checking hunting and fishing licenses.
- Dealing with problem animals.
- Investigating poaching, trafficking and other wildlife crimes, and making arrests.
- Helping wildlife biologists with their field research.
- Teaching the public about the legal, ethical treatment of wildlife. Along with outdoor skills, wardens are trained in police work. The job can be risky: South African game ranger Anton Mzimba was murdered last month by rhino poachers. “Committed and brave rangers like Anton are central to the conservation of Africa’s fantastic wildlife,” said Britain’s Prince William.