MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Nearly a dozen Wisconsin counties will get new game wardens within the next few weeks.
Ten new wardens have completed a year of training and are scheduled to arrive at their field stations by mid-July. The stations are in Polk, Rusk, Outagamie, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Jackson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine and Ozaukee counties.
An 11th new warden is completing his final field training assignment. He'll be assigned to a field station in west-central Wisconsin later this summer.
State Department of Natural Resources Chief Warden Randy Stark says the new wardens are desperately needed. Retirements have created a high number of warden vacancies in the agency and at least another 30 wardens are expected to retire by 2013.
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