Office of Law Enforcement - Clovis, California
The Fresno/Clovis metropolitan area is swiftly growing with an urban population of 500,000. It is a very important agricultural center as well as a gateway to Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
A total of 50 listed species (25 endangered and 25 threatened) are found in the counties covered by the Clovis Office of Law Enforcement. The priority listed species include Fairy Shrimp, Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard, Tipton Kangaroo Rat, California Tiger Salamander, Sierra Bighorn Sheep, Bald Eagle, and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Within the last three years, the highest profile cases investigated by Special Agents have involved illegal take of the California Condor and San Joaquin Kit Fox. The farm lands of central California provide a major stopover and wintering area for Mourning Doves. Hunting pressure is fairly heavy in the farm lands between Fresno and Bakersfield. Special Agents conduct investigations involving violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, including eagle and raptor electrocutions and migratory gamebird hunting violations, including illegal waterfowl and dove baiting.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service