"The Kansas Department of Wildlife's best estimates show only one in
200 poaching incidents are caught."
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
Saturday, December 10, 2005
In Sam Allred's world, 40-hour workweeks don't exist. The game warden
holds several similarities with his prey. While deer poachers sacrifice
money for the thrill of the hunt, he sacrifices time at home with his
wife and children. While they hunt deer illegally, he hunts them.
"For my anniversary, I gave my wife some gift certificates that
basically say 24 hours with no pager," Allred laughs. "I gave her four."
Allred patrols both Kingman and Harper County, nearly 1700 square
miles of land. He's one of 69 game wardens in the state responsible for
finding a needle in a haystack on a daily basis.
With poaching such a widespread problem handled by a small force, the
Kansas Department of Wildlife's best estimates show only one in 200
poaching incidents are caught.
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