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Pennsylvania Game Commission Names Deputy Executive Director

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Bureau of Wildlife Protection director to oversee agency’s field operations.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has a new deputy executive director for field operations.

Richard R. Palmer, the director of the Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Protection, will fill the post.

Palmer has worked for the Game Commission since 1991, joining as an undercover officer in the agency’s special-investigations unit, then serving as a wildlife conservation officer in Huntingdon and Perry counties.

He subsequently held positions as law-enforcement training supervisor, chief of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection’s research and development division, and training director, prior to becoming director of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection in 2007.

Palmer is expected to begin in his new role on June 7.

The position of deputy executive director for field operations became vacant earlier this year, when R. Matthew Hough was promoted to executive director.

Hough congratulated Palmer on his new position.

“Rich’s knowledge of the Game Commission’s field operations is second to none,” Hough said. “His years of hands-on experience and his strong work ethic make him a perfect fit for this position, and I very much look forward to working alongside him in the executive office.”

Palmer, too, said he looks forward to the experience.

“I am humbled and honored to be entrusted with the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth’s citizens and wildlife in this capacity, the agency has a 119-year history of amazing wildlife success stories, and our employees continue that tradition today through their dedicated work and I am proud to be part of that team,” Palmer said.

Canine Officer Loses Battle With Disease

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CUMBERLAND  MD— Blu, the Maryland Natural Resources Police K-9 tracking dog that had been deployed more than 200 times since 2006, was euthanized May 21 after dealing with lymphoma for almost two years.

A black Labrador retriever, Blu was 10 and had been retired in February. Officer Curt Dieterle was his handler.
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Officer rescues Princess Anne family from burning home

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A Maryland Natural Resources Police officer helped a Princess Anne family get out of their house safely after he discovered black smoke pouring from the attic.

Officer Franklin Wright went on duty at 4 p.m. Sunday, checked on some fishermen at Redding Ferry and Whitehaven Ferry, then headed up Mount Vernon Road toward the State Highway garage to get some gas for his vehicle.­

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Buying protected wildlife is a crime. Don't be part of it!

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To highlight the urgent need to address the illegal trade in wildlfe, UNODC's Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific today launched a wildlife crime public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness among young Asians that the buying, selling, and consuming of protected species is illegal and finances organized crime.
Featuring internationally renowned Chinese actress Li Bing Bing, who is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme, the PSA vividly illustrates how wildlife crime inflicts a tragic toll of destruction. It asks viewers to make a difference by changing their consumption habits today. Delivered by Ms. Li, the PSA's message is simple: Buying protected wildlife is a crime. Don't be part of it!
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New York State Environmental Conservation Police Mourn the Loss of Lieutenant John C. Fitzpatrick

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Lt John C. FitzpatrickThe NYS DEC Division of Law Enforcement lost one of their brightest and most dedicated this May. Lieutenant John C. Fitzpatrick graduated the DLE’s Basic Academy in 1996 and served for the past seventeen years in New York’s Region 2, which encompasses New York City. He served as a uniformed officer, an Investigator, a Uniformed Lieutenant, and finally as an Investigative Lieutenant for the past four years. He was considered to be the Department’s foremost expert on the illegal endangered species trade and has made a myriad of important cases in significant environmental crimes and wildlife trafficking.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 19:02

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Nevada Depatment of Wildlife Has a Historic Mission

Since the early days of wildlife protection, the job of a Nevada game warden has grown to include public safety, boating enforcement, search and rescue, and every manner of police work. Game wardens are some of the few public servants working in Nevada's far-flung places, and at the heart of their work, just as in any wildlife agency, is a never-ending mission to eliminate poaching.

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