Fred Wheaton of Potterville and Joseph Mihalek Jr. of Wyalusing both received Senior Wildlife Conservation Awards for making significant contributions to wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania.
Each was presented with a framed certificate of recognition and a Working Together for Wildlife fine art print by Game Commission Northeast Region Director Daniel Figured at a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer (DWCO) training meeting held at the Towanda Rod and Gun Club.
"These two men are a great asset to the Game Commission and sportsmen of Pennsylvania," Figured said. "For many years they both dedicated countless hours of their time conserving wildlife and preserving our proud hunting heritage."
Wheaton is a former DWCO and has been serving as a volunteer Hunter-Trapper Education instructor for more than 27 years. He is active in Youth Hunter Education Challenge and other youth shooting programs. Wheaton is an avid outdoorsman and is a district judge in Wysox.
Joseph E. Mihalek Jr. recently retired as a DWCO with more than 32 years of service and remains active in Hunter-Trapper Education programs. Bradford County WCO Joseph Wenzel praised Mihalek for handling animal complaints, collecting biological information and enforcing the game law.
"The contributions of Fred Wheaton and Joseph Mihalek cannot be understated," Wenzel said. "Their work is much appreciated."
Bradford County Wildlife Conservation Officer Joseph Wenzel, Northeast Information and Education Supervisor William Williams, Fred Wheaton, Northeast Region Director Daniel Figured
Northeast Region Director Daniel Figured, Joseph Mihalek Jr. and Bradford County Wildlife Conservation Officer Joseph Wenzel .
(From PA Game Commission)