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A Quarter Century After Graduating SUNY Cobleskill, New Hampshire-Based Fish and Game Lt. Set to Retire


Still smiling after 23 years, Wayne Saunders to retire from NH Fish and Game later this month

After a 23-year career during which he’s been shot, sprayed by skunks, charged by moose, delivered both good and sad news to hundreds of families, and, more recently, become a minor reality TV star, Lt. Wayne Saunders is retiring at the end of the month from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

“It feels like the right time,” said Saunders, 49, adding he looks forward to being home more in Stark with his wife, Lorie, and their son.

He is the head of the agency’s Region 1 office in Lancaster, which is responsible for covering the geographically huge but sparsely populated Coos County as well as a few communities in neighboring Grafton County. Born in Laconia, Saunders grew up in nearby Belmont. After earning an associate’s degree in wildlife technology and management at the State University of New York–Cobleskill, he worked in law enforcement for the National Park Service and was a refuge officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Read the full announcement.