Game Warden Bert Blanchard

Game Warden Bert Blanchard

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 2, 1913

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Bert Blanchard

Game Warden Bert Blanchard was shot and killed after arresting two men for illegally hunting robins in Wildcat Canyon in Contra Costa County.

He was walking the hunters out of the canyon when they came across another group of hunters. After speaking two the hunters, they continued out the canyon. Approximately 15 minutes later the second group of hunters heard several shotgun blasts. It was later determined that the hunters that Warden Blanchard had arrested were able to reload their guns and shot him. His body was found several days later by mushroom hunters. The suspects he had arrested fled and were never apprehended.

Warden Blanchard was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Rest in peace Warden Blanchard. It is humbling to know that I patrol in your same footsteps 109 years later. The tools and equipment have changed but the mission remains the same: Public Safety and Natural Resource Protection. Though you are gone and many do not know your name, the legacy you helped build has endured and continues to be an important part of protecting our great states natural resources.

Game Warden Jake Gonsalves
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

February 2, 2022

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