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Whitbourne fish and wildlife enforcement officer earns pair of awards

Fish and wildlife enforcement officer Travis McDonald (second from left) was recently presented with awards for Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year and the Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador. Derrick Lockyer, acting director of enforcement (far left) and Barry White, superintendent of fish and wildlife enforcement for the province’s eastern region, made the presentation. Also with them is McDonald’s wife, Tanya. Contributed photo
Fish and wildlife enforcement officer Travis McDonald (second from left) was recently presented with awards for Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year and the Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador. Derrick Lockyer, acting director of enforcement (far left) and Barry White, superintendent of fish and wildlife enforcement for the province’s eastern region, made the presentation. Also with them is McDonald’s wife, Tanya. Contributed photo

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Travis McDonald was recognized with a pair of awards for his work as a fish and wildlife enforcement officer at the annual Uniformed Services Gala at Canadian Forces Station in St. John’s on Oct. 14.

During the ceremony, he was announced as the Provincial Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year and the Shikar–Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador.

McDonald, who is originally from Ramea and is currently based in Whitbourne, has been a fish and wildlife enforcement officer for four years. He also has spent time working in the Clarenville region.

According to a news release from the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources, McDonald is “regarded among his peers as a highly motivated officer who has been instrumental in fostering positive working relationships with other law enforcement agencies, resulting in enhanced protection for big game and inland fish resources.”

The Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award is presented annually to wildlife enforcement officers throughout North America.

The award honours outstanding performance and achievement of wildlife enforcement officers during the previous year.

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