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Officer of the Month 

Last Updated: 08/04/2010

August 2010

Officer Ortiz with Smokey Bear in Santa Fe, NM
Officer Ortiz with Smokey Bear in Santa Fe, New Mexico


Desi Ortiz

Duty Station:

Santa Fe District

Special Area of Responsibility/Game Mgmt Units:

6B,6C 45, 43, and 8


B.S. Criminal Justice and Psychology

Length of Service:

5 years

Specialty or Interest:

Bear and cougar habitat improvement projects, plus education the public on living with bears safely

Current Projects/Assignments:

This time of year - trapping and relocating bears

Best Thing About the Job:

I really enjoy working with youth of New Mexico

Most Common Question People Have:

Why is there a bear eating my birdseed?


Because bears have an extremely keen sense of smell and things like birdseed and humming bird feeder are sources of food for foraging bears

Contact Information:

phone 505-222-4700 or email