A Typical Day in the Fish and Wildlife Division
The Oregon State Police (OSP) is much more than just a highway patrol, providing public safety services that are critical to our partners and making a difference every day for the citizens of Oregon. The OSP Fish and Wildlife Division, one of many OSP divisions and sections, additionally do more than check just hunting and angling licenses.
The purpose of the Fish and Wildlife Division is to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance the long-term health and equitable utilization of Oregon's fish and wildlife resources and the habitats upon which they depend. Other important services include public safety and enforcement of criminal and traffic laws.
Below are some examples of the work Fish and Wildlife Division troopers perform on a typical day:
Fish and Wildlife Division Troopers:
- Are responsible for patrolling more than 96,000 square miles of land area, equating to more than 1,000 square miles per trooper, and more than 1,100 square miles of water to include over 1,400 named lakes, over 111,000 miles of rivers and streams, 72,600 square miles of ocean, and 363 miles of coastline;
- Contact 77 citizens for non-enforcement purposes (i.e. outreach/educational events and answer questions regarding laws, rules, and regulations during patrols) and 8 landowners;
- Check 133 angling and 46 shellfish personal (sport) licenses and 43 hunting and trapping licenses;
- Conduct 1 fish dealer (i.e. restaurant, fish processors), 1 commercial shellfish, and 6 commercial fish checks;
- Inspect 21 boats to ensure safe and lawful operation and check for aquatic invasive species and 3 scenic boat passes;
- Perform 1 charter vessel or guide/outfitter check;
- Respond to 13 fish, marine, hunting, trapping, wildlife, and protected species complaints;
- Act on 1 environmental complaint to include investigating fill activities, hazardous materials spills, and unlawful water diversions;
- Assist 4 outside (non-Oregon State Police) agencies (city, county, state, and federal);
- Perform shellfish sanitation patrols to ensure people do not harvest shellfish contaminated with an unsafe level of natural toxins that can be deadly when consumed;
- Investigate 12 illegally harvested wildlife;
- Handle and/or assist with 2 crash investigations on state and interstate highways and rural roads;
- Render assistance for 3 disabled motorists;
- Serve 1 warrant;
- Conduct 13 searches; and
- Work 8 criminal investigations.
We Are the Guardians of Oregon's Fish and Wildlife.