Bay Area’s newest game warden serious about job

Bay Area’s newest game warden serious about job
San Francisco Chronicle
It was near midnight on a secluded beach on the San Mateo County coast. The Bay Area’s newest game warden, Gabrielle Stauffer, had sighted a suspicious group, all wearing headlamps, wading in the tidal zone. In the darkness, Stauffer and her partner, Nick Fitzgerald, homed in with binoculars on the group at Tunitas Creek Beach, south of Half Moon Bay. “They were poaching crabs,” said Stauffer, adding that the Dungeness season was closed at the time. In her first year on the job, she had learned that poachers often take everything they can grab, big and small alike, regardless of limits for size, numbers and species. When the game wardens made their move, the group fled. “They were running, hiding in the bushes,” Stauffer said.