Game Warden Stories

Friday, February 13, 2015
Gerald Battle
Game Warden Stories

John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and Rachel Carson are not the only conservationists worth noting. Gerald Battle wrote of his experiences “in the field” in “Game warden stories.” Battle was a Conservation officer in Leelanau County during the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s. His job was to enforce laws having to do with nature and respecting the lives of creatures that roamed the fields, swam in water, or flew in the sky. Many of his enforcement duties involved deer poaching. Leelanau County, which included the Manitou islands, is a vast area to patrol singlehandedly. At times, he was supposedly “seen” in many places around the county at the same time. This would allow him to stake out an area to thwart illegal activity. Lawbreakers would be surprised when he jumped out of the bushes to catch them in the act. Some county dwellers complained of porcupines chewing on their buildings. It was such a problem that plywood companies had to change their formula in assembling plywood so porcupines found it distasteful. Another incident involved skunks. A cat had crawled under a restaurant and confronted a group of skunks. Patrons and the cat left the scene. The black & white animals were trapped and released in a more suitable location. A fun job in nature. Check our Catalog

Geralyn B., Technical Services

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