NM Wildlife Officer of the Year

Former Mayhill District Wildlife Officer Ty Jackson named Wildlife Officer of the Year
SANTA FE – Ty Jackson, whose colleagues at the Department of Game and Fish describe as a “complete conservation officer,” has been named New Mexico Wildlife Officer of the Year, a prestigious award sponsored by the conservation organization Shikar-Safari Club International.

Jackson, currently the district wildlife officer in Cimarron, is responsible for law enforcement and a wide variety of conservation-related duties in one of the busiest districts in the state. His territory includes much of the Northeast Area, including the Colin Neblett and Elliott Barker wildlife areas, and the Valle Vidal. His wide range of skills include trapping, horsemanship and packing, and investigations. His expertise with firearms has earned him respect as one of the Department’s top instructors.

“Ty is always someone we can count on to do anything that may come along,” said Chris Neary, chief of the Northeast Area. “His many skills, complemented by his dedication to his job and respect from the public and his peers indeed make him a complete conservation officer.”

Jackson previously worked as a district wildlife officer in Eagle Nest and Mayhill.

Shikar-Safari Club International was founded in 1952 by an international group of hunters interested in exchanging ideas about the sport. Each year, the club sponsors an award for the Wildlife Officer of the Year in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces and the territories of both nations. Shikar-Safari 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.