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Jim Daniels is a young Game Warden who turned a tragedy from his youth into a career helping people. We’ll follow him patrolling the sparsely populated counties north of Abilene.
New Helicopter Strengthens Texas Game Wardens AUSTIN, Texas - December 22, 2014 — The Texas Game Warden’s unveiled its new Airbus AS350B3e helicopter that will enhance the department’s statewide law enforcement apparatus and assist with its search and rescue and disaster response efforts. The aircraft is outfitted with the latest law enforcement technology and emergency response equipment including a rescue hoist, thermal imager, searchlight, public address system, satellite communication and night vision. Funding for the new aircraft, which was approximately $5 million, was made possible through legislative appropriation during the 83rd Texas Legislative session. “This helicopter is going to be a tremendous asset and force multiplier for the Texas Game Wardens,” said Col. Craig Hunter, TPWD Law Enforcement Director. “We will not only be able to more efficiently move personnel and equipment across the state, but with the addition of the new hoist system, we will be able to better leverage our marine and ground assets to enhance our search and rescue capabilities during times of disaster.” Among the new aircrafts advantages are its ability to carry additional game wardens including its K9 teams during remote search and rescue missions or other specially trained personnel for specific assignments. In addition to the new helicopter, the department also has a fixed wing 2009 Turbo Cessna Model 206 aircraft. http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20141223a
Dash cam video of a recent call that a Texas Game Warden in Comal County received about two bucks that were "locked up" and thrashing about. With their antlers tangled together by a nylon rope, their survival was in jeopardy. The warden used his truck as "cover" to set the deer free. More on Texas Game Wardens at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
If you're a Texas Game Warden patrolling the water, drowning is a very real danger, especially when you're wearing 20 pounds of gear. That's why some Texas Game Wardens took this swimming lesson on steroids. Here's an underwater view of their water survival training. To learn more about Texas Game Wardens, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
Footage of the Texas Game Warden Search-and-Rescue Team performing an actual swift-water rescue near Austin. Three men were trapped in a flooded field after the San Marcos River overran its banks during the 2013 Halloween flood. For more information about Texas Game Wardens, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
Fitting In, Standing Out Today's Texas game wardens have dual roles as enforcement officers and educators. Meet Texas warden Cynthia Guajardo-Echols, whose involvement with the kids in her community not only helps change their lives, but enriches her as well.
[cc] Ride along with some Texas game wardens by air, land and water as they work to protect Texas' natural resources. For more on Texas game wardens, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
[cc] So you want to be a game warden? Before you can earn that honor, you've got to spend 6 grueling months training and learning. Follow a class of cadets as they find out if they have what it takes at the Game Warden Academy. For more information on Texas game wardens, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
Shawn Hervey is a Game Warden near the Texas/Arkansas border. He was given an Employee Service Award for his outreach work with at-risk youth in the Texarkana area. For more information about Texas game wardens, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
Meet a select few, specially-trained game wardens who, as part of a Texas task force, work to protect our air, water, fish and wildlife from environmental law-breakers.
Climb aboard with Texas game wardens who patrol offshore to protect the state's precious Gulf resources. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
You'd think a Little League champ would want to become a baseball pro but Wyatt Willis dreams of becoming a Texas game warden. Game warden info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
The Texas Game Warden Training Center celebrates the first phase construction of its state-of-the-art training facility. With funding from public-private partnerships, the Training Center is halfway toward its $20 million project goal. More info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/training_center/index.phtml
[cc] A pair of Harris' Hawks, unlawfully captured in Texas and transported to North Carolina, are returned to their home in south Texas thanks to Operation Game Thief. Learn about Operation Game Thief, Texas' "crime stoppers" for wildlife, at http://www.ogttx.com/
[cc] Until recently, the Texas Game Warden Academy was headquartered in a converted warehouse in downtown Austin. Cadets had to travel offsite for specialized training. But now, thanks to a public-private partnership, Texas Parks and Wildlife has broken ground on a new state-of-the-art training center in rural Hamilton County. For more information on Texas game wardens, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
A behind-the-scenes preview of "The Gulf Wardens," which will air on the Texas Parks and Wildlife TV Series the week of November 28th on Texas PBS stations.
Global Positioning System or GPS technology, at its simplest, can help keep hikers from getting lost in the woods, but this same technology can also help first-responders prepare for the most complex disasters. Follow Texas Game Wardens as they get some high tech training in the field.
Operation Game Thief is Texas Parks and Wildlife's "crimestoppers" program that allows citizens to report game law violations to state Game Wardens and earn cash rewards for tips that lead to convictions. A new texting feature of the program allows another easy option for reporting violations. For more info: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/ogt/
50th Film History As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary (2013), we open the vaults to some old films that showcase the history of the agency. This week, sit around the campfire with some longtime game wardens, and hear some tall tales. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television series www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
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