The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announced Cpl. Chris Majors Arkansas' 2006 Wildlife Officer of the Year at its July 27 meeting in Little Rock. The award is based on law enforcement work, as well as efforts with other AGFC divisions, agencies and the public.
Majors was involved in many boating enforcement operations on Norfork and Bull Shoals lakes, resulting in more than 35 arrests for boating under the influence and more than 30 minor in possession of alcohol charges.
He participated in disaster relief assistance during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, assisting in law enforcement and humanitarian missions as well as securing fuel for relief efforts immediately after the storm.
He has a great working relationship with other law enforcement agencies, assisting in drug eradication, search-and-rescue operations and searching for escaped felons.
He was awarded the Governor's Life Saving Award for the rescue of two airplane crash victims in the remote Leatherwood Wilderness Area while he was on vacation.
Majors also helped other divisions within the AGFC. He has helped trap nuisance bears, worked with bear den researchers and identified bald eagle nests on 85 miles of shoreline along the White River through helicopter surveys. He also assisted with electro-fishing and rotenone sampling on the state's waters.
Cpl. Majors has received commendation letters from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baxter County Sheriff's Department, Van Buren County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, the USDA Forest Service and many local public schools for his efforts in enforcement and outreach.
Cpl. Majors has been with the AGFC since 1997.