“Wild Justice,” the popular television reality series that showcases wildlife crime fighting in California, begins its second season this Sunday night. The first episode of the season will air at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic channel.

The series opener corresponds with Daylight Savings Time to remember to check local listings for air times in your area.

Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens worked with National Geographic video crews throughout the year to produce one of the network’s highest rated shows ever. Each week, camera crews accompany California game wardens on patrol working everything from poaching investigations involving deer, wild pigs and abalone to illegal drug use/possession, stolen vehicles and illegal marijuana cultivation.

The vast majority of California hunters and anglers are engaged in lawful, ethical outdoor recreation. Legitimate hunters and anglers have contributed to the majority of the fish and wildlife conservation efforts in California for more than 100 years. Although the show focuses on the very small percentage that break the law, the series also recognizes hunters and anglers who practice responsible conservation of the fish and wildlife populations, and their habitats.

The producers of the show, Original Productions, also produce the hit series “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers” and “Axemen,” among others. Their intensive style of production puts the viewer in the middle of the action as wardens conduct investigations of every sort. They even attached cameras to the collars of warden K9s to get a viewpoint unlike any other.

For more information, see the National Geographic Channel’s “Wild Justice” website, www.natgeotv.com/wildjustice.

Photo: Matt Elyash/CA Dept. of Fish and Game

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