Wildlife Conservation Officer Slain

– – People tend to think that being a game warden is a fairly tame job; not necessarily so.  When a Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officer recently caught a felon illegally night hunting deer with a spotlight and pulled over the poacher’s truck, a ferocious  exchange of gunfire ensued that killed the officer and left the later-captured suspect wounded.  David Grove became the first game warden killed in the line of duty in PA since 1915.

Poaching is a crime which sadly continues in the 21st century, and game officers, usually working by themselves, must routinely investigate men who are armed, and usually  better armed than the officers.   While game lands can be beautiful places used to enjoy nature, after dark wildlife conservation officers can find drinking parties, drug sales, and people that are knowingly breaking the law.

About 1.5 million acres are under the jurisdiction of game commission officers in Pennsylvania, an area nearly the size of Delaware…

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2 Comments on “Wildlife Conservation Officer Slain”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Sounds a lot like that Rocky Mountain scumbag who was hailed as a survivalist Robin Hood by his friends and neighbors when he murdered two game wardens for trying to arrest him for illegal beaver-trapping. You know how they finally caught Mr. Right-to-live-off-the-land? In a convenience store where he was buying junk food!

    Let that be regarded as indisputable proof that most (if not, all) poachers are no different from any other low-class criminal trying to make a dishonest dollar! The animals they kill aren’t going to feed and cloth themselves. Most of the meat is being sold to tax-dodging restaurants for cash. And, the non-edible parts are kept as personal trophys for stuffing and mounting over the fireplace mantle, while the not-so-great hunter brags about it to his know-nothing friends.


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