Greg Daniels - HCC Graduate is Making a Living Preserving Our Wildlife

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“If by enforcing the laws, we encourage people to be more mindful of maintaining and preserving our wildlife population, I can’t think of a better job to have in the state,” says Captain Greg Daniels, North Carolina Wildlife Officer.

As a North Carolina Wildlife Officer, Captain Greg Daniels’ work locations and methods are varied–he might be riding a four-wheeler into a remote mountain site one day and piloting a boat on a lake the next.

“We are advocates for hunters and fishermen. A poacher is like a thief–taking away from a person who is following the rules,” he said. “An officer’s job is to enforce the hunting, boating and fishing laws of N.C.” A wildlife officer is armed and carries full authority to enforce any law infraction in the state.

Employed for over 23 years by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Greg is currently a captain. As a supervisor with patrol duties, he oversees 26 law enforcement personnel in the twelve western counties of the state. A 1983 graduate of Haywood Community College’s Fish and Wildlife Management program, Greg said the foundation for a lot of his job skills started at HCC.