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A Talk on the Wild Side.

Meet the Pacific Region 2012 Federal Wildlife Officer of the Year

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_bareOfficer 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.”


A Dog Can Be a Refuge Officer’s Best Friend

Guest blogger Mary Tillotson, who writes for the National Wildlife Refuge System on assignment, is here to introduce one of the K-9 law enforcement teams.

Rex started work at Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge last April – the newest member of the refuge’s law enforcement team and also, at 18 months, undoubtedly the youngest employee of the entire U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rex, if you haven’t guessed yet, is a highly trained yellow Labrador retriever. His primary job is to help protect other animals at Kenai Refuge.  

Rob and Rex at Kenai

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge law enforcement officer Rob Barto and his partner, Rex, are one of six U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation K-9 teams across the country. Photo Credit: USFWS