Years ago, people called the Fish and Wildlife Officer a game warden. The new name of officer goes along with the many new duties they are required to perform.
- One of the primary jobs of the Fish and Wildlife Officer is to enforce all wildlife laws.
- In addition, the Fish and Wildlife Officer has the authority to enforce all other laws in the state.
- The Fish and Wildlife Officer assists other Department of Fish and Wildlife staff in collecting information on game and fish management, habitat improvement projects, etc.
- The Fish and Wildlife Officer also serves as a spokesperson for the Department of Wildlife in the community.
- The Fish and Wildlife Officer attends sports club meetings, hunter education classes, and other community activities.
Many people ask, “How can I contact my local Fish and Wildlife Officer?” The easiest way to contact an agent is by calling your local Department of Fish and Wildlife office or by calling the local Washington State Patrol office. Leave your name, telephone number, and the reason you need to contact the local Fish and Wildlife Officer.
Fish and Wildlife Officers are extremely busy, particularly during the late summer and fall months. Please remember that we have few Fish and Wildlife Officers and they have many jobs to do. Look upon them as your friend, one who can help you regarding questions of wildlife laws in your community.