Patrick Foy has been in a lot of precarious situations. He’s helped save a drowning woman and been in car chases with criminals. Working for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife isn’t all about trapping and tracking animals.
Foy is the captain of the department’s Law Enforcement Division, which is charged with protecting about 360 endangered species and overseeing 3 million hunters in the state. And just as police departments are struggling to hire new officers, Foy says he’s struggling to find new game wardens.
Foy said part of that may be simply because many people either don’t realize the Fish and Wildlife Department has a law enforcement branch, or they have misconceptions about what the officers do.
“None of us are getting rich, but we love what we do and we love the mission of this department, and we are passionate about our careers to the point where it’s almost like an identity,” said Foy.