New Mexico Game Warden Recognized as Officer of the Year

Curtis Coburn
New Mexico Game Warden Recognized as Officer of the Year by Shikar Safari Club International
New Mexico Game & Fish
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Santa Fe, NM -( Shikar Safari Club International has named New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Corporal Curtis Coburn the 2015 New Mexico Wildlife Conservation Officer of the Year.

Coburn received the award at the department’s second annual Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Award Banquet on Feb. 20 in Albuquerque. Coburn, 35, currently is stationed in Ruidoso. He is a 12-year veteran of the department and holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest/Wildlife Management from Western New Mexico University in Silver City.

Shikar Safari Club International annually presents awards to wildlife law enforcement officers in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces and territories. The club is dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife, with particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.

Coburn was lauded for his work with ranchers and land management agencies in modifying fences to allow pronghorn antelope to freely roam across a 28-mile area on them plains northeast of Capitan. His wildlife habitat improvement work to benefit mule deer within the Lincoln National Forest was also noted.

Coburn also has been named the 2015 Officer of the Year by the National Wild Turkey Federation.

About the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish:

To provide and maintain an adequate supply of wildlife and fish within the State of New Mexico by utilizing a flexible management system that provides for their protection, propagation, regulation, conservation, and for their use as public recreation and food supply.

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Andy Phillips

One of the truly outstanding components of this award is that each recipient is nominated by their fellow officers. The selection is made based on the finest example among their piers. Furthermore, there is a scholarship program available to the children of recipients of the SSCI Outstanding Wildlife Officer of the Year program. It has been my honor to present many of these awards through the years for various states and it is without doubt, one of my greatest honors as a Past President of the Club. In addition to this award the SSCI Foundation provides funding for wildlife conservation… Read more »

Wild bill
Wild bill

Sounds like a good man and a dedicated game warden. Joe Pickett would be proud.