Area could get more wildlife officers if state can match federal grant
Friday, January 26, 2001

By Mark Morey

State budget-preparers and the Department of Fish and Wildlife acknowledge that the lateness and amount of the request could hinder its passage in the current Legislature.

OLYMPIA -- An unexpected federal grant for more marine wildlife officers has state leaders hurrying to see whether they can contribute their share of the funding.

The $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's community policing program would fund 12 marine patrol officers, dedicated to enforcement efforts related the Endangered Species Act.

Two marine agents already are assigned to Clallam County waters; one works in Jefferson County.

No assignment decisions have been made for the new officers, if they are funded, Fish and Wildlife spokesman Craig Bartlett said Thursday.


from Peninsula Daily News, 1/16/01

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