In the vast terrain of Washington State, Department of Fish and Wildlife Police Officers are on the front lines. From the city, to the coast, to the desert, this elite force protects both wildlife and people. No matter the danger, these Officers tirelessly enforce the law. WDFW Police Officers patrol more than 42 million acres of rugged terrain, half of it heavily forested and filled with wild animals - and often-dangerous people. The department's dispatchers relay more 225,000 calls annually. Each day brings new challenges and extreme danger. Whether tracking and capturing bears and cougars with the one-of-a-kind Karelian Bear-Dog Unit, busting poachers along the USA-Canada border or going undercover to take down traffickers in the illegal animal parts trade, the officers of Rugged Justice risk life and limb to protect natural resources and serve the people of Washington.