RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2011) – The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has named Capt. Jon Evans with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as its Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2011.
Evans accepted the award on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet in Durham, an occasion to recognize those who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation and an uncommon determination to safeguard the state’s natural resources. By recognizing, publicizing and honoring these conservation leaders—young and old, professional and volunteer—the N.C. Wildlife Federation hopes to inspire everyone to take a more active role in protecting the natural resources of the state.
Evans, a 15-year veteran of the Wildlife Resources Commission, was recognized for his work while stationed as a sergeant in Alamance County. He has since been promoted to Training Director, with a rank of captain and responsibilities for training and instruction within the agency’s Division of Law Enforcement.
“Working in the field, the job changes with the seasons,” Capt. Evans said. “No two days are ever the same. You go from working duck hunting and small game, to working boating and fishing, back to turkey hunting and then boating and fishing again, and then its dove season and deer season. I appreciate the responsibility of protecting our wildlife resources and preventing those who would unlawfully exploit them.”
Col. Dale Caveny of the Division of Law Enforcement of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said this recognition is much-deserved, as Evans exemplifies the dedication and willingness of wildlife officers to fulfill their mission.
There are more than 200 sworn, full-time wildlife law enforcement officers across North Carolina with arrest authority for state and federal violations. North Carolina wildlife officers enforce game, fish and boating laws to protect the state’s resources and the safety of its citizens. Sportsmen and the public can assist wildlife officers in their duties by reporting violations anytime by calling 1-800-662-7137.