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::2014/03/03::
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::2013/12/19::
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Dashcam Footage Of Garrett Freeman Killing Texas Game Warden Justin Hurst
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::2013/10/27::
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Game Warden Check
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::2012/09/02::
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50th Anniversary Film: Texas Game Warden - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
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::2013/03/11::
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California Game Wardens Foundation - Lt. Warden Christy Wurster
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::2012/05/24::
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Game Warden: Fish and Game Check Stations
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Game Warden Career Overview
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The Real Mccoys - s03e02   The Game Warden - Complete Episodes
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Texas Game Warden Shooting (Fatal)
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Texas Game Warden (original film) - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
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LIBERTY / TEXAS GAME WARDEN FORD F-150
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Undercover Game Warden School
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Poachers Gets Busted - Washington Fish and Wildlife Police - Game Warden
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Texas Game Warden Academy Groundbreaking - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
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How to Become a Game Warden : How to Become a Game Warden in Tennessee
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A game warden is an employee who has the role of protecting wildlife. Game wardens may also be referred to as troopers or wildlife troopers, conservation officers or wildlife officers. They have much the same role as gamekeepers in the United Kingdom. They play a major role in keeping a balance in the animal kingdom.

Game wardens by region[edit]

United States[edit]

L. Pressley Reeves, South Carolina's first game wardens ventured afield in 1905
Game Warden trying to loosen rope on the deer's neck to prevent choking. Being unsuccessful in his attempts to loosen rope, he cut it, November 1939

In the United States, game wardens are state or local officials responsible for enforcing laws pertaining to the hunting, fishing, and trapping of wild animals. However game wardens in some areas have general law enforcement authority which means they can effect arrests for most crimes including traffic, and other general violations of the law.

Game wardens, also known as troopers or wildlife troopers, or conservation officers, have broad duties within the law enforcement spectrum, such as ensuring that licensing requirements are met by hunters, fishermen, and trappers. Detailed investigations are common in order to solve wildlife crimes. Officers in some areas may be responsible for conducting investigations of hunting related homicides and boating accidents. Officers also make arrests of individuals driving or boating under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Officers use DNA, ballistic, fingerprint, and any other comparative evidence to prosecute criminals that illegally kill wildlife or commit other crimes. Officers can also assist with wildlife management duties such as trapping, hunting in a helicopter or in fixed-wing airplane surveys. Officers assist landowners in finding solutions to wildlife damage. Officers teach hunter education classes and operate other programs to teach children, and the public, the importance of wildlife management and habitat conservation.

73 Game Wardens/Protectors/Conservation Officers are listed on The Officer Down Memorial Page.

Game wardens/conservation officers are on the front lines in keeping out (or in check) invasive species.[1] They also enforce broader conservation laws, such as the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and similar laws/treaties. or the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (in Canada) which implements the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).[2]

Search with or without warrant[edit]

The laws in many U.S. states allow game wardens to conduct certain types of searches with or without search warrants. The law in Louisiana for instance states in part "...any commissioned wildlife agent may visit, inspect, and examine, with or without [a] search warrant, records, any cold storage plant, warehouse, boat, store, car, conveyance, automobile or other vehicle, airplane or other aircraft, basket or other receptacle, or any place of deposit for wild birds, wild quadrupeds, fish or other aquatic life or any parts thereof whenever there is probable cause to believe that a violation has occurred. Commissioned wildlife agents are authorized to search and inspect (just as other law enforcement officers) under the authority of probable cause - records, cold storage plants, bait stands, warehouses, public restaurants, public and private markets, stores, and places where wild birds, game quadrupeds, fish, or other aquatic life or any parts thereof may be kept and offered for sale, for the purpose of ascertaining whether any laws or regulations under the jurisdiction of the department have been violated...."[3] The laws in other states may grant more or less search and seizure authority. These exceptions granted to game wardens are still considered to fall within the constitutional limits of search and seizure as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.[citation needed]

Recognizing the wardens' roles[edit]

As noted at the North American Game Warden Museum, confronting armed poachers in rural and even remote locations can be lonely, dangerous and even fatal work for game wardens.[4][5] Recognition of the ultimate sacrifice of these officers at this museum is considered to be important, concomitant to recognition at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.[6]

Officers are exposed to other risks beyond being killed by hunters, trappers and armed fishermen.[6] Heart attacks, motor vehicle, boating, snowmobile and airplane accidents, animal attacks, drowning, hypothermia, etc. also take their toll while on duty.[6][7]

In North America game wardens are typically employees of state or provincial governments. 26 of the 50 U.S. states have government departments entitled Department of Natural Resources or a similar title. These departments typically patrol state or provincial parks and public lands and waterways dedicated to hunting and fishing, and also enforce state or provincial game and environmental laws on private property.

Game wardens/conservation officers are front and center in keeping out (or in check) invasive species.[1][clarification needed]

In an increasingly interconnected and globalized world, their concerns are much more comprehensive than local enforcement. They also enforce broader conservation laws, such as the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and similar laws/treaties. or the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (in Canada) which implements the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna[2] As necessary, they will work in tandem with appropriate national or federal agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Environment Canada.

Notable game wardens[edit]

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