This week VDN would like to recognize Lt. Lee Harvey, a conservation officer with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Harvey is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy.
Harvey’s duties include wildlife rescues, relocation of nuisance animals, search and rescue for endangered animals, enforcing hunting and fishing regulations, and assisting other agencies in the event of natural disasters.
In fact, it was after a natural disaster that Harvey had his most memorable experience on the job.
“I was in the second group of officers that went to the coast two days after Katrina made landfall. The amount of devastation was mind blowing, and the residents were so relieved to see us coming. They were just grateful to have us there,” Harvey recalled.
Harvey finds the dwindling number of youth that are learning to hunt, fish and participate in other outdoor activities disturbing. He and his wife, Alisa, have always shared the love of the outdoors with their own sons, Cameron and Mason.
Harvey offers some advice to anyone considering a career similar to his, “I would suggest they go to college and study for a wildlife or biology degree. Also if they’re not already avid outdoorsmen, get out and participate in hunting and fishing activities.”
Harvey said the most rewarding part of his career is when people contact him years after an event to thank him for his help. He also finds great satisfaction in protecting the environment and wildlife that cannot protect itself.