West Virginia -(Ammoland.com)- Outdoors enthusiasts now can learn the latest information about enforcement of West Virginia’s hunting, fishing and wildlife laws by way of Facebook at “West Virginia Natural Resources Police.”
“Many residents refer to them as ‘game wardens’ and ‘conservation officers,’ but they are officially called ‘Natural Resources Police Officers’ and have full law enforcement authority everywhere in the state,” said Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala. “Information about our officers’ investigations and cases and the state’s outdoors-related regulations will be available on a timely basis, straight from our officers.”
Followers on Facebook can expect postings about hunting seasons (dates, regulations, etc.); details and photos of successful investigations about poaching and other wildlife law violations; news articles pertaining to hunting, fishing and wildlife law activities; current news releases; and hunting and fishing tips with safety reminders.
“Because this is social media, the communication won’t be all one-way,” said Col. Jerry Jenkins, chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Section. “We encourage followers of our Facebook page to share the good work our officers do in the field and also to report any wildlife law violations they may be aware of so that we can investigate.”
About West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers
WVDNR Law Enforcement is West Virginia’s oldest statewide law enforcement agency, serving citizens since February 1897. The staffing level is 123 Natural Resources Police Officers and 11 support personnel.
Natural Resources Police Officers are primarily responsible for the enforcement of the state’s game and fish laws and rules. Officers in the section carry on a continuing program of Hunter Education and Boating Safety Education, as well as enforce laws relating to littering, forestry, state parks, environmental/solid waste, pleasure boating, and whitewater rafting. They also respond during times of emergency such as floods and other natural disasters, as well as assist the State Police during times of strife similar to the large coal strikes in past decades. Natural Resources Police Officers are the most visible of the division employees. A highly visible force of uniformed officers is a deterrent to violations of the natural resources laws.