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Officer of the Month 

Last Updated: 08/08/2012

August 2012


District Supervisor, Sergeant Ben Byrd responding to a bear in a tree
District Supervisor, Sergeant Ben Byrd responding to a bear in a tree near Carrizozo that wandered into town. The bear was successfully relocated back into the wilderness.


Benjamin Byrd

Duty Station:

Alamogordo District Sergeant

Special Area of Responsibility/Game Mgmt Units:

GMU 18, 29, 34, 36, 37 & 38


Bachelor of Science (Fish and Wildlife Science) ENMU

Length of Service:

9 years

Specialty or Interest:

Firearms Training

Current Projects/Assignments:

Assisting with the new Field Training Officer (FTO) program for new recruits and preparing for the upcoming hunting season

Best Thing About the Job:

Not having to do the same thing every day.  This career has allowed me to do and see things that most only dream about

Most Common Question People Have:

1. How is the fire going to affect my hunts this fall in GMU 36?


2. When will we be able to fish at Bonito Lake again?


1. It appears that GMU 36 will be open for hunting season as in years past. The only major change will be where animals have distributed after the fire. Vehicle access to certain parts of the forest may also be restricted.


2. At this point, it is hard to determine the length of time Bonito Lake will remain closed.

Contact Information:

Call 575-336-1822 or email