Thomas Traylor has been named Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). Traylor, an employee of the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF), currently serves as a Conservation Enforcement Officer in Coosa County.
Officer Traylor is known for his positive, enthusiastic attitude and his impeccable character and integrity. He has taken a leadership role in eliminating unlawful activities such as habitat destruction, illegal drugs, alcohol and littering on the Coosa Wildlife Management Area (WMA), making it a safer place for law abiding visitors.
Officer Traylor has also assisted in covert cases, one of which resulted in the arrest of a man for possession and importation of wild turkeys and selling turkeys. In addition to enforcing game and fish laws, Officer Traylor assists local law enforcement with tasks such as the investigation and prosecution of drug, alcohol, theft and weapons violations.
Other activities Officer Traylor is involved in include community fishing events, instructing for the Archery in the Schools program, youth outdoor days and instructional meetings on wildlife planting, trapping and other topics of interest to the public.
WFF Law Enforcement Chief Allan Andress says Officer Traylor is very deserving of the award. “Officer Traylor exhibits the personal and professional traits that make him an asset to our Department and the state of Alabama. He not only enforces the law but he takes steps to educate citizens on the purposes of the law,” Andress said.
SEAFWA is an organization of agencies that have primary responsibility for management and protection of fish and wildlife resources in 15 states.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.