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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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January 14, 2015
Contact: Mike Hobbs, 360-902-2939

WDFW police featured on Animal Planet's 'Rugged Justice'

Animal Planet's new documentary series 'Rugged Justice' follows Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) police as they patrol mountains, coasts and city streets, protecting natural resources and serving the people of Washington.

The six-episode series premieres Sunday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet.

"Our participation in the series provides an opportunity for WDFW's Law Enforcement Program to promote the department and the dedicated professionals that carry out our mission of protecting our natural resources and the public we serve," said WDFW deputy chief Mike Hobbs. "Policing the outdoors presents unique challenges, and this show helps to inform the public about our critical role in preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems in Washington."

WDFW officers enforce all state laws, including those related to fishing and hunting, licensing and protecting natural habitat. Officers also provide first response to incidents involving potentially dangerous wildlife, including bear and cougar, and other public safety issues.

"'Rugged Justice' provides a window into the vital, varied and sometimes harrowing work of officers as they protect nature and people in Washington," said Steve Crown, WDFW enforcement chief.

The WDFW enforcement program has 144 officers deployed statewide.

Officers appearing in 'Rugged Justice' were not paid by the show's producers or Animal Planet for their participation.

For broadcast schedules, interested viewers should visit http://www.animalplanet.com/schedule/.