Howard Conservation Officer Wins Shikar Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year Award

Evan Meyer
Evan Meyer Wins Shikar Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year Award
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Pierre, SD -( Evan Meyer, an eight-year veteran conservation officer with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) was awarded the Shikar Safari Wildlife Conservation Officer of the Year Award at the November GFP Commission meeting in Mitchell.

The Shikar-Safari Award is awarded annually in all 50 states and in 10 Canadian provinces by that worldwide conservation organization. It has been presented to a South Dakota officer each year since 1968. The award honors wildlife officers for their performances in wildlife protection, wildlife law enforcement and implementation of wildlife conservation programs.

Meyer, who has been stationed in Howard since 2008, was nominated for the award by his GFP supervisors for his professionalism, excellence and high standards in both his personal and professional life.

Meyer has provided for the future of GFP by serving as a wildlife training officer. His influence on new conservation officers has proved invaluable.

“Evan is always eager and willing to put the needs of others over his own,” said GFP district conservation officer supervisor, Jeremy Roe. “He consistently goes above and beyond his normal duties by serving as a hunting incident investigator, background investigator and firearms instructor. “

In addition to his family and work duties, Meyer also serves on the Howard School Board, is involved in the high school wrestling program, assists the morning school acceleration program, serves as an animal control officer and deputy sheriff, and is the former president of the volunteer fire department.

About The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP):

The purpose of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota’s wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors, and to give the highest priority to the welfare of this state’s wildlife and parks, and their environment, in planning and decisions.

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