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Badges, Bears, and Eagles: The True Life Adventures of a California Fish and Game Warden

By Steven T. Callan

2013 "Book of the yr" finalist  --ForeWord stories

Over his thirty-year profession as a flora and fauna defense officer for the California division of Fish and video game, Steve Callan and his longtime operating associate, Dave Szody, carried out the most attention-grabbing, advanced and hugely profitable flora and fauna investigations in California history. Callan additionally amassed a wealth of real stories--action-packed, suspenseful and sometimes funny. In Badges, Bears and Eagles, Steve offers a brilliant first-person account of his adventures. the writer and his colleagues outsmart video game hogs, thwart fish thieves, and foil outlaws with names like "Squeaky." Steve is even stalked via African lions and mauled through a five-hundred pound Bengal tiger. the most very important instances of his occupation starts with a slain bald eagle dropped at the doorstep of the Fish and online game workplace, besides a observe threatening the lifetime of a fellow warden. A decade later, Steve and Dave behavior the research in their lives, uncovering a statewide felony conspiracy to kill California black bears for his or her helpful gall bladders. it is not all approximately catching undesirable guys--in "Saving Lake Mathews," Steve chronicles how he helped shop a liked natural world sanctuary from improvement.

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He by no means even regarded around,” acknowledged Rose. “Another ram head used to be buried within the salt pile at the ground. ” I realized greatly from the Steele Bighorn Sheep Case, really approximately taxidermists. Over the following twenty-three years i'd check up on dozens of taxidermy outlets; a few taxidermists have been sincere and others have been opportunists, similar to Steele. cash, in spite of everything, is what obtained this as soon as revered taxidermist and businessman into hassle. confronted with prosperous hunters keen to pay monstrous cash for trophy wasteland bighorns, he observed his conservation ethic pass correct out the window.

You simply sit on that rock correct over there whereas we behavior our enterprise. ” Warden Slaughter jumped into his patrol truck and sponsored it round the nook and out of sight. The beam of coming near near headlights lit up the line at the back of Sidewinder’s van. An older-model sedan stopped at the back of it and a small, narrow guy received out. “What did you discover? ” shouted the fellow, as he walked round the van in our course. His voice used to be gruff and high-pitched. “Department of Fish and Game,” I introduced. “Please come over and sign up for us.

With the blazing sunlight nonetheless a dominating issue, Szody and that i made up our minds to take one other Nestea plunge. We have been as regards to to leap over the part whilst our boat drifted right into a shaded sector instantly under a hundred-foot rock cliff. “Pull in the following. i believe I see whatever moving,” I acknowledged. Szody recommended the boat toward the cliff the place we instantly noticed a salt cedar limb bouncing out and in of the water. I reached less than the water with my naked hand and felt a line that used to be tied to the limb. As I pulled up at the line, no matter what was once at the different finish got here very with regards to pulling me overboard.

Years previous the manager were McDermott’s lieutenant. even though the manager reluctantly licensed our undercover research, Szody and that i couldn’t support considering that he believed McDermott used to be guaranteed to fail and make a idiot of himself. Dan Searcy didn’t disappoint. He bought in contact with a few of his houndsmen buddies and organized to hitch them, together with his Uncle Jack, on a looking journey. Al McDermott might play the position of Searcy’s Uncle Jack Russell, a ranch supervisor from Montana who used to be on the town trying to find farm animals to shop for.

It occurred at the Eel River in the course of the overdue seventies. at the moment, the Eel River was once generating the very best Chinook salmon runs in reminiscence. Salmon weren’t simply considerable; they have been significant, averaging over twenty-five kilos each one. observe unfold like wildfire and each outlaw within the kingdom converged in this recognized spawning circulate. In these days, Bob Taylor used to be the realm Fish and online game warden. in the course of the spawning season, he had his fingers complete protecting not just the Eel yet a number of different anadromous streams that flowed via his busy North Coast patrol district.

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