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Fish and Game Wardens
Professional wildlife conservationists, once widely known as fish and game wardens, are now known by a variety of titles. Jobs falling under this category in the federal government include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents, federal law enforcement officers, wildlife inspectors, refuge rangers, and refuge officers. On a state or municipal level, the job title might be conservation police, environmental conservation police, or conservation wardens. Along with the job title, the job itself has expanded. Once, the fish and game warden was hired solely to protect wildlife. Today, in addition to that original purpose, they perform a wide variety of tasks related to resource management, public information, and law enforcement. There are about 8,300 fish and game wardens.