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Jan 2, 2020

Conservation protection and enforcement in the late 1800s looked a lot different than it does today.   We speak with Historian and Conservation Officer Captain Tom Caifa about the history of conservation law and protection over the last 140 years in New York State.  The stories are priceless.  

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Here's What We Discuss:

  • The 140th Year of New York's Conservation Police
  • Captain Tom Caifa
  • Historian and Conservation Officer
  • Showing New Recruits the Roots
  • Old Seal Skin Hats and New Jackets
  • A Law Book and Blank Tickets
  • The Case Would Lead the Travel
  • Broad Rules and Laws
  • 1880 - Labrador Duck, Eastern Elk
  • Low Numbers of Deer and Turkey
  • Stopping Mass Hunting and Big Company Habitat Destruction
  • Hard to Find Game Protection Until 1930s
  • $500/year Income ($14000 today's money)
  • NYC Illegal Trade
  • Wild Meat Canning
  • Chef Boyardee - Fined for Illegal Canning of Wild Meat
  • The Big Boom Post WWII
  • Population Creates Problems
  • Ticonderoga - A Deal with Landowners
  • Tanneries and the First Pollution Cases
  • Sam Taylor 1914
  • Fallen Officer's Coin
  • Bill Kramer 
  • Looking to the Military for Uniform Design
  • Secret Service of Game Protectors and Undercover Agents
  • Education and Public Outreach
  • Partnering with the NRA
  • Hunter Safety Hall of Fame
  • It Was a Hunting Accident But Was Probably a Homicide Back Then
  • Game Protectors to Game Wardens
  • Being Shot in the Badge
  • Department of Environmental Conservation
  • The First Game Police
  • Eb and Flow of Morale
  • The Swiss Army Knife of Law Enforcement
  • The Olympics at Lake Placid

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