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OSP Bend F&W Trooper Award from Shikar-Safari Club International
Captain Jeff Samuels
Fish & Wildlife Division
(503) 934-0221

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Photo #1 - Lieutenant Randy Scorby, Senior Trooper James Hayes, Sergeant David Pond, Captain Jeff Samuels
Photo #2 - Senior Trooper James Hayes and Shikar-Safari representative Lynn Loacker
An annual award from the conservation-based organization Shikar-Safari Club International honored a Bend-area Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper as the State's top conservation enforcement officer for 2009.
OSP Senior Trooper James Hayes was presented with the "Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year", given annually for more than 25 years to recognize outstanding game enforcement officers. The award was presented Thursday, September 2, at the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting in Hillsboro by Shikar-Safari representative Lynn Loacker.
The annual award from the conservation-based organization honors an officer whose efforts during the previous year reflected outstanding performance and achievement among the state agency's sworn Fish and Wildlife law enforcement personnel. Trooper Hayes' selection by the Shikar-Safari Club International places him in a distinguished group who has earned this recognition for their commitment to fish and wildlife enforcement.
"Senior Trooper James Hayes is without a doubt a true professional and his actions exemplify what it means to be a State Trooper and a dedicated Fish and Wildlife officer. Senior Trooper Hayes performs at a high level every day and he always goes the extra mile to protect the natural resources and citizens of this state, said OSP Captain Jeff Samuels," director of the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division."

Hayes, age 36, joined OSP in 1999 and has worked in the Fish & Wildlife Division at the OSP Bend Area Command office since 2005. Earlier this week he was also selected as the OSP 2009 "Fish & Wildlife Division Officer of the Year".

Shikar-Safari Club International presents annual awards to wildlife law enforcement officers in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces and the territories of both nations. The club is an exclusive organization with a worldwide membership of no more than 200. The club originally formed in 1952 to provide members an opportunity to get together and talk about their hunting experiences, but has evolved into an organization that supports conservation and education through a worldwide foundation. Shikar-Safari Club International is recognized worldwide for its efforts in the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife, and has placed particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.