Survey Gives High Marks to State Wildlife Agency

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In a time when good customer service seems to have gone the way of full-service gas stations or live telephone operators, one state agency is receiving high marks from its constituents, according to a recent regional research survey.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the state agency responsible for managing Oklahoma’s fish and wildlife resources, rated above the regional average in nine key public opinion categories including overall satisfaction and credibility as a source for fish and wildlife information. Oklahoma also scored above the regional average when it comes to percent of the population who consider themselves hunters and anglers. Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of those Oklahomans contacted in the statewide telephone survey considered themselves hunters, while almost half (44 percent) considered themselves anglers. More than half of respondents (55 percent) said they enjoy feeding birds or other wildlife on a regular basis.

The survey called “Public Opinion on Fish and Wildlife Management Issues,” was conducted on behalf of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

According to the survey, 85 percent of Oklahomans reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their experience in contacting the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Also above the regional averages, 95 percent of respondents said they approved of fishing and 93 percent approved of hunting.

“This survey shows that hunting and fishing are an important part of our lives here in Oklahoma,” said Greg Duffy, director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “Of course, we would love for more people to know our exact name, but the fact they know what we stand for and are pleased with the service we are providing - that is what is most important.”

According to the survey only 29 percent of the respondents could list the correct name for the state agency responsible for managing Oklahoma’s fish and wildlife resources – the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. F

or more information about the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) is an organization whose members are the state agencies with primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in 16 states. Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.