USFWS Wildlife Inspector In-Service

I really enjoyed my June 8 appearance at the National Conservation Training Center for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the men and women on the front lines for wildlife.  

It’s worth noting that in one modest conference room I was able to speak with roughly half of the entire U.S. wildlife inspector force policing our ports and borders, from Alaska to Florida.  While researching The Lizard King I asked how many USFWS special agents we had in the U.S., and how many wildlife inspectors.  The first time I heard the answer I thought I was being given the figures for Florida or New York instead of for the whole country.  Answers: 138 USFWS special agents in the field (updated Jan. 12, 2010) and 121 inspectors to cover all fifty states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas postings.

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