From Xplor for Kids
October 2011 Issue

Wild Jobs: Conservation Agent Tammy Pierson

Publish Date

Oct 01, 2011

For conservation agent Tammy Pierson, no two days are ever the same.

Tammy Pierson scooped the baby deer into her arms. It shivered, but lay still as she placed it gently on the floorboard of her pickup. Someone had called earlier to tell Tammy the fawn’s mother had been hit by a car. Tammy knew a veterinarian who had the skills—and permits—to care for the orphaned fawn. While she drove, Tammy kept one eye on the road and the other on the fawn. The little deer hadn’t moved. Tammy thought it might be dead.

She thought wrong.

With a scuffle, the fawn sprang off the floorboard, hopped the truck’s center console and piled into Tammy’s lap. There, it tried—repeatedly—to jump out the rolled-up window. Tammy managed to keep her truck and the fawn under control. As a conservation agent, she’s trained to deal with the unexpected.

Tammy makes sure people follow hunting and fishing laws. Sometimes that involves busting bad guys in the dark of night. But she does much more than that. When folks can’t identify a plant or want to know when duck season opens or find a skunk in their barn, they call Tammy.

“No two days are ever the same,” Tammy says. “That’s one of the best things about being a conservation agent.”

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Not Your Typical Snapshot

Photographer Nop Paothong was driving around Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge when he spotted a huge snapping turtle lumbering across the road. Always on the prowl for good pictures, Nop hopped from his truck, camera in hand.

You Discover

How do you collect a mushroom's signature? Make a spore print.

My Outdoor Adventure

Despite some early rotten luck, Eli Raithel has a great first duck hunt.

The Yearlong Hunt

Lub-dub. Twelve-year-old Tyler Muenks feels his heart pounding—in his chest, in his head, in his finger resting on the rifle’s trigger. Lub-dub. The whitetail buck turns broadside, the deer’s wide rack glistening in the early morning light.

Anmal Assassins

Humans aren’t the only animals that hunt. To eat, wild predators must catch their dinner. And though they don’t have rifles or fishing rods, animal assassins are armed to the teeth. Just check out these amazing adaptations for capturing prey.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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