The mission of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Police is to “protect our natural resources and the public we serve.”
Here is a perfect example. On August 29, 2019, two WDFW officers received a call about a bull elk that couldn’t get out of an irrigation canal with cement walls in southeastern Washington. They used a couple of straps, attached them to the elk and then went “fishing.”
In the end, thanks to the help of irrigation district employees and a couple of farmers, the group pulled the animal to safety without any harm.
(Photo source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police)