In a rare incident of its kind in USA, a Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officer, David Grove, 31, was killed on 12th of this month in a shootout with a man using a spotlight for illegal hunting. He is the first wildlife officer to die in the line of duty in the state since 1915. The last Pennsylvania Game Commission officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty was Joseph McHugh in Weatherly, Carbon County, on Nov. 7, 1915.
Grove had served as volunteer deputy for several years before becoming a fulltime conservation officer two years ago. He was a very dedicated officer going after poachers with single-minded purpose. This month's Pennsylvania Game News includes an article by Grove, "A Shot in the Dark," where he describes an encounter with poachers while he was on patrol with a cadet.
We at High Range Tidings doff our hats in memory of this brave wildlife conservation officer.