the California Department of Fish and Game
The Department of Fish and Game maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for
their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. This includes habitat protection and maintenance in a sufficient
amount and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. The department is also responsible for the
diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses.
Fish and Game Wardens provide the public with hunting
and fishing information and protect California's diverse resources from poaching and overuse. Wardens are required to carry
and use firearms; they usually work alone and on weekends and holidays; and often work during the night. Wardens patrol on
foot, on horseback, by plane, boats, and in a variety of vehicles. They investigate reports of violations, collect and preserve
evidence, write reports, and testify in court.
Wardens are also expected to promote and coordinate
hunter education programs, collect and report information on the conditions of fish and wildlife and their habitat, and represent
the DFG at local schools and meetings of special interest groups, e.g., hunting and fishing clubs, Lions Club, Rotary, Audubon,
etc. Wardens have assignments in both rural and urban areas of the State. Wardens are typically assigned to and responsible
for enforcing the law in a specific geographical area of the State. They enforce all Fish and Game laws related to hunting,
recreational and commercial fishing, trapping, pollution, falconry, and exotic animal laws.