A Hunt for Justice: The True Story of a Woman Undercover Wildlife Agentby Lucinda Schroeder
Selected for the 2007 Amelia Bloomer Project list of recommended feminist literature for young readers.For thirty years, Lucinda Delaney Schroeder held an unusual government position: she was one of the handful of women special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Her job: to investigate crimes against wildlife. Unlike the majority of hunters who… See more details below
Selected for the 2007 Amelia Bloomer Project list of recommended feminist literature for young readers.For thirty years, Lucinda Delaney Schroeder held an unusual government position: she was one of the handful of women special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Her job: to investigate crimes against wildlife. Unlike the majority of hunters who respect both their prey and the laws, evidence was piling up against an unscrupulous outfitter who was decimating populations of big game in Alaska's Brooks Range. In August 1992, she accepted an assignment that forever changedand endangeredher life. She left her husband and seven-year-old daughter behind in Wisconsin and posed as a big-game hunter in Alaska in order to infiltrate an international ring of poachers out to kill the biggest and best of that state's wildlife.A Hunt for Justice recounts her dramatic storya story she was not legally permitted to write about until her retirement in 2004.Risking personal safety, Schroeder joined a team of government agents to expose and arrest the poachers. Posing as "Jayne," a divorcee who was willing to break the rules in order to hunt trophy animals, the diminutive blue-eyed blonde fooled criminals so wily that their crimes could only be cracked from within. A Hunt for Justice takes readers along on Schroeder's dangerous and exciting mission. More than simply an adventure or true-crime tale, it's a story of a woman surviving in a male-dominated field, a woman against the wilderness, and a wife and mother risking it all for a cause she believes in. Whether you are a crime buff, nature lover, sports hunter, or someone who just loves a gripping-first-person tale of justice triumphing over evil, this book is for you.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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- 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
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- 14 - 18 Years
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Bowman pulled himself into the pilot’s seat and put on his headset. The prop churned and within about 90 seconds we were airborne again. This time we headed north, deep into mountain country. The magnificent scenery of peaks and valley’s calmed me down at bit, but that all changed when Bowman landed the plane on the barren river bed. He leaned forward in his seat and popped open the door and shouted, “Okay, get out!” My mouth went completely dry and my throat tightened, nearly closing up completely. Reluctantly, I crawled out of the backseat of the plane with my rifle and hopped to the ground. The engine was still running as I backed away from plane to escape the blowing dirt, and held a hand over my eyes. Bowman popped open his window and shouted, “I’ll be back.”I was unconvinced. This would be an extremely easy way to get rid of me. Bowman could say I went out hunting and “got lost.” This was exactly what Ron Hayes threatened to do to agent Joe Ramos. My brain was dulled by disbelief as I tried to keep thoughts of impending gloom from engulfing me. The tail dragger turned practically on a dime and took off in the same direction it had landed. As it sprung into the air, I took out the small camera from the pocket of my hunting jacket and snapped a picture. In case Bowman didn’t come back for me, there would be some evidence of what had happened to me.As Bowman’s plane disappeared into the pale, blue sky I couldn’t shake the gnawing feeling that Bowman thought Roy and I were cops. I was alone in a wilderness the size of Texas with a rifle and two candy bars in my pocket. An hour passed. I sat on a rock as I thought back over the events of that morning. There was Randy Hoff, the hunter I recognized at the main camp. Then, without explanation, Bowman changed my hunt and pulled me out of the camp. And there was the way Howe looked at me, like he knew what was up. On top of everything, I had completely blown one of the questions Bowman had asked me about the van business I supposedly ran. Was I over-reacting to these things? Two more hours. I walked in circles–too anxious to stay still. There was still no plane in sight. I’d promised Lonnie I’d take care of myself, and already I was wondering if I was going to survive the next few days. Thoughts of my daughter swam around me. I imagined her little arms locked around my neck as I carried her around the house. She always knew she was safe with her mother. As her sweet, little voice echoed in my mind, the enormity of what I had gotten myself into dumped on me like a crushing avalanche. My mind went back to when a nurse first put Megan in my arms. The years I’d struggled over my career melted into a stream of nothingness. From her first breath, her gentle spirit showed me what was important in life. Love and family. Now I was on the verge of blowing it all because I was so intent on being a hot-shot agent. Why couldn’t I be a normal mother? Abandoned on the tundra, I felt the tension well up into my gut. I sunk against my rifle, and asked my higher power to give me strength and help me to help me out of this one. I’d been in bad situations before, but I’d never felt the helplessness that I felt now and I wished from the bottom of my heart that I’d never taken this assignment.
Meet the Author
Lucinda D. Schroeder was a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1974 to 2004. She was not allowed to write about her experiences until she retired, but in 1994, she appeared on A&E to discuss the operation. Learn more at www.ahuntforjustice.com
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