What do Fish and Game Wardens do?
Patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.
- Patrol assigned areas by car, boat, airplane, horse, or on foot to enforce game, fish, or boating laws or to manage wildlife programs, lakes, or land.
- Investigate hunting accidents and reports of fish and game law violations, and issue warnings or citations and file reports as necessary.
- Serve warrants, make arrests, and compile and present evidence for court actions.
- Protect and preserve native wildlife, plants, or ecosystems.
- Promote or provide hunter or trapper safety training.
- Seize equipment used in fish and game law violations, and arrange for disposition of fish or game illegally taken or possessed.
- Provide assistance to other local law enforcement agencies as required.
- Address schools, civic groups, sporting clubs, or the media to disseminate information concerning wildlife conservation and regulations.
- Recommend revisions in hunting and trapping regulations or in animal management programs so that wildlife balances or habitats can be maintained.
- Inspect commercial operations relating to fish or wildlife, recreation, or protected areas.
- Collect and report information on populations or conditions of fish and wildlife in their habitats, availability of game food or cover, or suspected pollution.
- Survey areas and compile figures of bag counts of hunters to determine the effectiveness of control measures.
- Participate in search-and-rescue operations and in firefighting efforts.
- Investigate crop, property, or habitat damage or destruction or instances of water pollution to determine causes and to advise property owners of preventive measures.
- Design or implement control measures to prevent or counteract damage caused by wildlife or people.
- Document the extent of crop, property, or habitat damage and make financial loss estimates or compensation recommendations.
- Supervise the activities of seasonal workers.
- Issue licenses, permits, or other documentation.
- Provide advice or information to park or reserve visitors.
- Perform facilities maintenance work, such as constructing or repairing structures or controlling weeds or pests.
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