Levi Neufeld, the new Fish and Wildlife Officer for east central Alberta spoke with Hanna Town Council at the Aug. 13 meeting.
Neufeld was attracted to the position as he had grown up in the small town of Pincher Creek, Alta. so he was delighted with his appointment to Hanna.
It may be difficult to find Neufeld in the Hanna office as he usually runs a computer out of his truck and will be working both day and night hours, weekdays and weekends to, among other things, watch for poachers and trespassers and illegal use of drugs and alcohol.
In recent years rules have changed for Fish and Wildlife Officers in the Province of Alberta.
They are now fully appointed Peace Officers with the same power as an RCMP Officer.
Fish and Wildlife Officers work to uphold public safety.
One of the modern tools Neufeld uses to support public safety is a drone.
He also has full access to forensic labs.
Fish and Wildlife services has stepped away from loaning traps to catch small animals and now trap aggressive animals like coyotes and bears.
At the Hanna Office, administration is only available on a part-time basis.
Coun. Gerald Campion welcomed Neufeld and his family to Hanna and Mayor Warwick encouraged Neufeld to contact council if he has any issues in the future.
Neufeld will manage the territory from the Red Deer River near Hanna, to the Blood Indian Reservoir, up to Coronation over to Drumheller and back down to the Red Deer River.
Neufeld’s last posting was at Barrhead, Alta., located north west of Edmonton.