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Randy L. Shoup - Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection


Randy L. Shoup was appointed Director of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection in April, 2017. Having worked for the agency since 1995, he is responsible for overseeing and directing law enforcement operations.

Randy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980-1984 as an avionics technician on a variety of Marine Corps aircraft. He graduated with the Game Commission’s 23rd class of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in 1996 and served 10 years as a district Wildlife Conservation Officer in Monroe and Montour counties.

As a district officer, Randy served as a field training officer for cadets, defensive tactics instructor, certified firearms instructor and member of the agency’s ceremonial unit.

From 2006 to 2013, Randy served as chief of the Administrative Division for the Bureau of Wildlife Protection. His responsibilities included maintaining agency prosecution records, assessing hunting license revocations and serving as the administrator for the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

Randy also served as assistant director of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection from 2013 to 2017. In this role he supervised teams of covert and overt special investigators, including K9 operations. His responsibilities included acting as agency liaison between the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, TAC officer for the Pennsylvania State Police CLEAN system and program manager for the commission’s computer-aided dispatch and records management systems.

He is a life member of the Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association and a member of the National Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association and the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association.

A native of Schuylkill County, he is a graduate of North Schuylkill High School and the 1st Cohort of the North American Conservation Law Enforcement Leadership Academy.