Aid sent to wildlife officers who lost homes in hurricane

PRATT -- The Kansas Wildlife Officers Association (KWOA) has made $500 donations to each of two funds established to assist wildlife officers in Mississippi and Louisiana. The KWOA is a non-profit organization whose membership consists of Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks natural resource officers.

The Louisiana Wildlife Agent Association Disaster Relief Fund and the Mississippi Wildlife Foundation Officer Relief Fund have been established to provide financial assistance to wildlife officers in their states, some of whom lost entire homes in hurricane Katrina.

“KWOA members have worked for years at sports shows selling hats, coffee mugs, and raffle tickets to collect money that has been used to fund things like the youth hunter education challenge program and to help with the establishment of the International Game Warden Museum,” says KWOA president Dan Melson. "Now we are going to send some of our funds to help our fellow officers affected by this disaster."