James A. ZUCCHELLI currently posted with the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service in 100 Mile House, BC.
James has been a Conservation Officer since 2000, spending time in different posts across the Province of British Columbia. He has been involved in serious Human Wildlife Attacks involving all of the major predators, from coyotes attacking small children in the Lower Mainland to several grizzly bear maulings on the central coast of BC while working in the Bella Coola area. Of particular interest, he responded to a predatory wolf attack on a lone kayaker on the remote central coast of BC in 2007. In addition, he has responded to black bear and cougar attacks.
James has been involved with the Wildlife Conflict instructor team on-and-off since 2000; working toward the development of BC response policies and training deliveries. He was fortunate to attend the first WHART conference (in Fernie, BC in 2005). He also instructed at the WHART conference in Whitehorse, Yukon in 2014.
I have been married for 18 yrs and have two young boys that love the outdoors, fishing and hunting and hockey. I have been truly lucky in the opportunities that this job has afforded me and I would not want to be doing anything else..
"My interest in the discipline of Wildlife Human Attack Response is based on the fact that a response encompasses all of the facets and duties of being a Conservation Officer, and concentrates then into adrenalin filled, time constrained response. Being proficient at all of these skills and duties makes me a better Conservation Officer and portrays professionalism and public trust.
There is a lot that has to happen to ensure a successful outcome: From detailed forensics and site investigations to proper evidence collection and skilled interviewing; leading to safe wildlife capture and the linking forensic evidence to conclusively satisfy that the offending predator has been identified; Then the documentation and reporting out. The successful outcomes of all of these duties come from prepared with practice and hands on involved training."