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An Honor for One of Ours

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On the game trail, Matt reports on two grizzly poached, free fishing, baby wildlife and a congratulations to Paul Alexander, who received the Idaho Medal of Honor

Somebody out there knows what happened to two grizzly bears that were poached in the Hall Mountain area of Boundary County, and there is a $10,000 reward if that person comes forward with some information. On May 18 a hiker found a dead sow grizzly bear and unfortunately she was lactating. A subsequent search revealed that a cub was shot as well.  Forensics showed that both bears had been dead for a few days and the carcasses have been shipped to US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Forensic Lab in Ashland, Ore.  Sportsmen and wildlife enthusiasts should be totally outraged with the maliciousness of this poaching event. Anyone with information about the shootings should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 509-928—6050, Idaho Fish and Game at 208-769-1414, or the Idaho Citizens Against Poaching Program at 1-800-632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous.

On a lighter note, one of our own officers received the Medal of Honor this year for his heroic actions.  While many of us here in North Idaho wouldn’t know this officer, I always like to do a little bragging about our guys and girls. Idaho Fish and Game’s Paul Alexander on Friday, May 18, was awarded the Idaho Medal of Honor for saving the life of a man whose car went into Black Canyon Reservoir.

While on patrol along the reservoir a little after 5 pm on April 15, 2011, Alexander, a senior conservation officer, saw a vehicle in the water. When he turned around to investigate, the vehicle was completely submerged and the driver was struggling to swim to shore. After the man had gone under a third time, Alexander dove into the 40-degree water and swam 30 yards to pull him back to the surface and to safety.

Alexander was one of 10 peace officers and two firefighters who received the Idaho Medal of Honor in the May 18 ceremony.  Other recipients included officers with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho State Police, Jerome Police Department, Lewiston Police Department and Coeur d’Alene Fire Department.

“The Idaho Medal of Honor is the state’s highest honor to recognize the extraordinary bravery of law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS providers,” said Lawrence Wasden, Idaho attorney general and Medal of Honor Commission chairman. “These 12 professionals have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to the service of others.”  You can check out the video at www.medalofhonor.idaho.gov.

Here’s a couple of reminders as we head into late spring/ early summer.   Please DON’T PICK UP BABY WILDLIFE, for any reason.  I get tired of writing about it, Trish gets tired of me writing about it, but it really needs to be said every year. I can’t believe how many times each year we have to go rescue a fawn or calf from a “do- gooder” who tried to raise the little bugger.  If you really think that something is wrong with an animal please call us before handling that critter. It’s unfortunately gotten so out of control in this area that we are going to start issuing citations to anybody who takes in wildlife without authorization.   

Do forget about Free Fishing Day coming up June 9 at various locations in Bonner County.  I’ll be at the Clark Fork Lodge pond and have a pile of fishing loot generously donated to us from Big R.  Sweet Lou’s restaurant has also generously offered to provide some hot coffee for all our fishing participants. Stop by Big R and thank them for generously donating back to the community, and while you’re there be sure to stock up on your fishing supplies, they have a little of everything.  Same goes for Sweet Lou’s restaurant, stop by and thank them for being such a great part of the community and grab a tasty burger or a slab of ribs! They have two locations, Hope at Holiday Shores and in Ponderay at the old Slates.  If my career as a game warden flops, maybe I’ll go into advertising... okay, I’ll keep the day job.

Leave No Child Inside... take them to Free Fishing Day.

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Matt Haag Matt Haag is an Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officer.

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poaching, grizzly bear, The Game Trail, Paul Alexander, Idaho Medal of Honor, Idaho Dept of Fish and Game, baby wildlife, free fishing

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