Sarah MillerJacksonville State University Fall Semester Region 1
<>The Wildlife Resources Division is one of manydivisions that falls under the Department of NaturalResources. <>My internship was concentrated in the LawEnforcement sector of WRD. <>I also spent time with the Environmental ProtectionDivision and Game Management. <>Working with the different groups helped me tounderstand the importance of every sector and how theywork together.
VISION STATMENT The vision of the Law Enforcement Section is to ensure that Georgias natural resources will beconserved for our present and future generations.
The mission of the Law Enforcement Section is to conserve our natural resources and to protect the people we serve. We maintain public supportthrough fair and vigorous law enforcement, quality education, and community involvement.
A Conservation Ranger is a peace officer that is P.O.S.Tcertified by Georgia and has been hired by the Department of Natural Resources. They enforce wildlife, environmental,boating, and other State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations in assigned areas. Each officer is assigned a county that theypatrol by either vehicle, boat, ATV, foot and at times aircraft. They also conducted hunter education class in his/her county. There are also special unitsthat one could work with. For
There is a K-9 unit in every region. The dogs are trained in officer protectionand tracking of human and firearm scent. In region 1 RFC Brooks Varnell is the K-9 handler. Rock is his K- 9. On Sat. November 5thBrooks used Rock in a nighthunting incident to find twoguns that the suspects hidein the woods. He also used Rock to track to one suspect to fled from Sgt. Mike Barr.
PatrollingWhen an officer is not answering a complaint they will be patrolling. For example, on opening day of dove season Sgt. Mike Barr, Cpl. Lee Burns and I patrolled different dove fields that hunters were at. We would check forlicenses, shotgun plugs and bag limits. We did not come across any invalid licenses but we did encounter a man who had over40 dove in his cart. He explainedthat he was just picking up dove from other hunters and had intentions of returning them once everyone was back at camp. Mike and Lee did notissue him a citation and just told
Baited Stands In north Georgia it is illegal to bait deer. Even though it isillegal, it is practiced everywhere. While interning we worked many baited deer stands. Some were called in on a complaint and others were found while on patrol. Corn and salt blocks are the most common forms of bait used, however some people use fruit and peanut butter aswell. Once finding the bait the officers will mark it with a GPS and return to the area when a hunter will most likely be around
HINA HIN is a hull identification number that must be ona boat before it is registered. Boats that are built after1972 must have a HIN. Officers are required to meet with a boat owner to issue the vessel a HIN if one isnot permanently stamped on. They then issue a HIN to the boat and assist in registration if needed.
POACHING Poaching is the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of animals. This can occur in a variety of ways. Poaching can refer to the failure to comply with regulations for legal harvest, resulting in the illegal taking of wildlife that would otherwise be allowable. Examples include: Taking without a license or permit, use of aprohibited weapon or trap, taking outside of the designated time of day or year, taking on property of another without permission and taking of a prohibited sex or life stage. The first poachingcase I worked was with Cpl. Lee Burns. Sgt. Mike Barr gave us a complaint off of HWY 41 and Old Acworth-Dallas Hwy. Once arriving Lee Burns and I searched through the woods to find aman that had been dropped off earlier in the morning. Once Lee spotted him he was forced to chase him down and put him incustody. He was a convicted felon who’s parole did not allow himto have any form of a weapon. He was also caught on the Corps of Engineers property. Once handing him over to the police we went back and found a cross bow and 3 arrows. He was placed in Cobb County jail.
Poaching ( Night Hunting) Night Hunting has been very popular this year. Bartow County has been hit hard with night hunters. On Sat. November 5th Sgt. Mike Barrcaught two boys shinning fields. We used Rock tohelp us find evidence needed to charge the boys. However, one boy was 16 and could only be charged as a juvenile. Cpl. Elmore also had problems with the same boy and decided to charge him for Gordon County incidents that happened.
Peace Officer Duties Along with the Conservation duties, the Rangers also conduct needed peace officer duties. Sgt. Mike Barr questioned three boys on the Etowah River. Come to find out they had illegal substances on them. The Conservation Rangers also assist local policedepartment when needed. I did not take pictures due to the severity of the situation, but GSP was shot at over4o times by three Hispanics. DNR rangers that were in the area showed up to assist the situation. They were asked to patrol the waters on Lake Allatoona.
Environmental Protection Division While working withEPD I learned about how they functionand what they do to help preserveGeorgia. We went todifferent land fills to make sure that the companies were following health code.
I just want to say Thank You for giving me the chance to intern withthe Conservation Rangers of Region 1. I have learned a great dealabout Conservation during my internship and have gained new hopesof joining the Division. Thank you again.