Mcmullen Earns Wildlife Officer Of The Year Award

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Craig McMullen is recognized around the Rim Country as a dedicated Little League coach who two years ago led the Payson all-stars to a state fifth-place finish.

This season, he is coaching the major division D-backs and serves on the Little League governing board.

But when McMullen is not on the diamond drilling his charges, he's working as the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Region VI Wildlife Manager Supervisor.

As a game and fish officer, he's proven to be equally as successful as he is on the Little League field.

While his knowledge of sports yields "Ws" for his baseball teams, his expertise in wildlife management resulted in his winning the prestigious Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year award.

He received the award April 19 at a meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission in Phoenix.

The award is given out each year to one officer from each of the 50 states to honor their service during the previous year.

McMullen, a 15-year veteran of Arizona Game and Fish was cited for his leadership in law enforcement, wildlife management, habitat improvement and his involvement in the community.

McMullen also drew praise for his work as leader of AG&F's Hunting Heritage work group.

Among his other accomplishments cited by Shikar-Safari was his 550 citations for resource violations, nearly 100 of which were for big game violations, the intergovernmental agreement he negotiated between the Star Valley Town Council and AG&F to allow hunting within the town limits and a staff report he compiled with recommendations on hunter ethics.

AG&F supervisors wrote in their nomination forms that McMullen would carry out any assignment given him, "with dignity, vigor, precision, tact and with a clear unobstructed view of the ultimate goal of carrying out the department's mission."

For McMullen the award was an honor.

"I am very pleased to be joining the ranks of so many other fine wildlife managers that have received this prestigious award before me," he said.

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