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2016 Shikar Safari Award

by Audrey Ayay-DeHart 9. May 2017 07:52

Congratulation to Trooper McGinnis! This week Colonel Bear presented him with the 2016 Shikar Safari Award. The Shikar Safari award is the highest honor a Wildlife Trooper can earn. This award represents the best of the best in the Alaska Wildlife Trooper profession. Trooper McGinnis now joins other award recipients on the wall at Headquarters.

Trooper McGinnis single handedly patrols nearly 80,000 square miles of remote and rural Alaska.  His knowledge of the Northwest Arctic is extensive and he is recognized as one of the Troopers who truly understands the subtleties and undercurrents of deeply personal subsistence issues as well as the opportunistic realities of commercial operations and the serious consequences if left unchecked.  It is clear that he is well respected as an experienced and fair trooper who will follow-through on complaints and violations that need to be accounted for. The resources of the State of Alaska would not be what they are today without officers like him.  There is no question that he has made it better for generations to come and works daily to continue his positive and steadfast influence.  As a representative of the resource and the Department, Trooper McGinnis embodies everything we could ask of an insightful, experienced and unbiased officer.  Quite simply, he’s a stellar representative of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.  

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