A Talk on the Wild Side.
By Megan Nagel, USFWS
Saving osprey, rescuing orphaned raccoons, making sure boaters are being safe, checking on hunters and educating visitors to the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex . . . National Wildlife Refuge System Federal Wildlife Officer Richard Bare accomplishes a lot in a typical day at work.
Officer Bare received a call that these baby raccoons were orphaned after their mother was hit by a car. He transported them to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. (Photo: USFWS)
“My typical day? There is no typical day!” laughs Officer Bare. “Our mission is to help and protect the resource. One of my favorite things to do is talk with people and educate visitors to the refuge. I think as a federal wildlife officer, that’s one of the most important things I do.”
Officer Bare has been awarded the Pacific Region 2012 Federal Wildlife Officer of the Year. This award recognizes an officer for outstanding achievement in the field of conservation law enforcement.
Get the inside scoop about his magnificent work on our Pacific Region Tumblr.
Megan Nagel works in our Region 1 Public Affairs Office