A Dangerous Calling
Yesterday’s shootout with former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner should dispel any doubts about the dangerous nature of a California Fish and Game (Wildlife) officer’s job. Here’s something you may not be aware of: California Fish and Game (Wildlife) wardens are not only empowered to enforce all state laws and local ordinances, they are also deputized federal officers, authorized to enforce federal laws dealing with fish and wildlife.
Federal statistics show that two of the most dangerous jobs in the country are Fish and Game warden and DEA agent. One reason a warden’s (wildlife officer’s) job is so dangerous is because he or she is usually working alone in isolated locations—far from backup.