Our company’s head honcho Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman filed this report on the state of Washington’s new fish and wildlife law enforcement chief, Steve Bear. Here’s the Northwest Sportsman report on Bear, who has Alaska ties.
Bear served for 27 years with the Alaska Department of Public Safety, spending the last 10 years as first the deputy director and then the director of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers division before his retirement as a colonel this past July.
In 2015 he oversaw 84 full-time wildlife troopers and 47 civilian employees.
Before joining law enforcement Bear served in the U.S. Army between 1985 and 1989.
At his new post in Olympia, Bear will oversee a staff of 156 WDFW employees, including 130 commissioned officers.
In a brief message to Northwest Sportsman, he said he has a lot to learn about Washington, its natural resources and hunters and anglers, loves to work to protect the resources, and hoped to work with as many folks from across the spectrum to that end.
“Growing up hunting, fishing, and trapping, I developed a strong sense of just how important natural resources are to everyone,” Bear said in a WDFW press release officially announcing his hire. “What draws me to this line of work is the idea of protecting those resources for this generation and future generations.”
“We look forward to Chief Bear’s leadership and experience being put to work in order to be the premiere natural resource law enforcement entity in the nation,” reads a statement in Director Jim Unsworth’s report to the commission ahead of the commission meeting.
Congrats on the new gig, Chief Bear.