POA honors DNR’s
SOCIAL CIRCLE – Earlier this week, the Peace Officers Association of Georgia (POAG) awarded Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division Director, Colonel Eddie Henderson, with The Arthur Hutchins Award for Meritorious Service at their awards banquet in Savannah. The award is presented annually to law enforcement leaders who have provided outstanding service to the citizens of Georgia and made significant contributions to enhance the public safety profession.
Before becoming Director of the Law Enforcement Division at the Georgia DNR in 2011, Colonel Henderson worked his way up through all the ranks in the Division, beginning as a Conservation Ranger (aka Game Warden) in 1982, giving him a great perspective on the duties at all levels.
He currently heads the Division of 190 Game Wardens and 19 non-POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) support personnel, which includes coastal and aviation operations. During his career, he has been instrumental in developing the agency’s K-9 program, the child abduction response team, and the disaster response plan. He was also the agency’s liaison with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, working on counter-terrorism task force development, exercise evaluation programs, communications, state operations center activation, and national terror alert systems.
The Colonel is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 211), the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development (Session 71), and the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. He is a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Instructor, and he was selected for the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange with the 20th Delegation to Israel.
Leukemia Cup Inshore
Slam set for Sept 15-16
The 2017 Leukemia Cup Inshore Slam will be held Sept. 15-16 out of the Savannah Yacht Club.
This year being held in conjunction with the Savannah Sports Fishing Club’s general tournament, the fund-raiser is open to the public with anglers opting to fish either of the two tournament days.
The Leukemia Cub even also is being call a “Low Country Slam, with target fish of flounder, redfish and trout, one each of legal size, with the aggregate weight to determine the top three boat awards.
Individual awards also will be presented.
For more information and registration, go to www.leukemiacup.org/ga/localchapter/leukemiacupevents/fishing.
Groups sue to protect
BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates and a Montana Indian tribe have asked a U.S. court to restore protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park so that trophy hunting of the animals would not be allowed.
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the Humane Society and several conservation groups filed three lawsuits Tuesday and Wednesday in federal court in Montana, challenging the government’s recent move to lift protections.
Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are planning limited public hunting of the region’s roughly 700 bears, although no hunts are expected this year.
Critics say there is already too much pressure on the bear population as climate change affects what they eat and as conflicts with humans result in dozens being killed every year.
This is the second time the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has lifted protections for grizzlies in the Yellowstone region — 19,000 square miles (49,210 square kilometers) of forested mountains, remote valleys and numerous small towns.
The bears lost their threatened status in 2007, only to have it restored two years later by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy.