Perry Brown, a Fish, Wildlife & Parks game warden based in Columbia Falls, has been named the 1996 recipient of the prestigious Shikar-Safari Club International's Wildlife Officer of the Year award for Montana.
A nine-year veteran of FWP's Enforcement Division, Brown began his career in Bozeman as a warden trainee before transferring to Chinook, where he served as the district game warden until moving to his current Columbia Falls assignment in 1993.
The Shikar-Safari award winner is selected by the director of FWP from among nominations submitted by warden captains in each of the agency's seven administrative regions. Award winners are selected on the basis of their professional relationship with hunters, anglers and landowners in their districts, their performance of duty and dedication to the wildlife law enforcement profession and their participation in activities outside of daily enforcement work.
Brown was recognized for, among many attributes, his outstanding back-country law enforcement skills and the excellent rapport he has established with hunters, anglers and outfitters using wildland areas in the Columbia Falls vicinity, particularly the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. Also highlighted was Perry's long-term involvement with and commitment to FWP's Hunter Education Program, his exemplary performance as a field training officer for FWP's Enforcement Division and his extensive efforts to curb the illegal taking of bull trout, a native species whose dwindling populations have demanded special protection in recent years.
The Shikar-Safari award, which is presented annually by the worldwide conservation organization to one wildlife law enforcement officer in each state, has been presented to a Montana game warden each year since 1969.