Pennsylvania Game News - February 2014 - 51

By Dan Schmidt

Forest County WCO

Making a
Difference
T

HE 30th Class of wildlife
conservation officer cadets will
begin its training in March at the Ross
Leffler School of Conservation at the
Game Commission's Headquarters in
Harrisburg.
I hope this article serves as
motivation to the new cadets as they
prepare for 50 weeks of intense training;
that it helps readers understand the role
the cadets will fill as WCOs in making
Pennsylvania a better and safer place,
not only for its wildlife, but its people.
I also hope it inspires young readers
to explore a career as a WCO and
that it reminds veteran and retired
WCOs and District Game Protectors
of the important role they've played
throughout their careers.
WCOs are jacks-of-all-trades in
wildlife conservation. We trap bears,
turkeys and other animals to help
biologists estimate populations and
track movement. We stock pheasants
and give hunters advice. We also
supervise the agency's HTE programs, as
well as teach various wildlife programs
at schools, civic organizations, county
fairs and sportsmen's clubs.
But the effort doesn't stop there.
We enforce laws that protect wildlife,
people and property. We help find

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lost persons in mountainous areas.
We work with local and state police,
as well as Fish and Boat Commission
and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
officers. We help farmers and residents
deal with crop and property damage
caused by wildlife. We work with local
envirothons, Scouts and conservation
organizations.
Some of us become land management
officers who supervise the agency's
Food and Cover Corps crews that take
care of our more than 1.4 million acres
of state game lands. We also become
supervisors who manage field officers.
Cadets also know, or quickly learn,
this  sometime in your career you
- 
may, like officers before you, have to
save somebody's life, pursue/arrest
felons, raid marijuana fields, solve
hunting-related shooting incidents,
prosecute large-scale wildlife poaching
or black market operations, or even
become involved in a fight for your life.
Cadets make sacrifices, but they're
worth it, because they help mold us into
field officers who make a difference. It's
a career that for more than a century has
helped to conserve our natural resources
for wildlife, Pennsylvanians and future
generations of Pennsylvanians. We
serve proudly.
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