Richards starred on Animal Planet show
After nearly 25 years with local law enforcement, Hunt County game warden Benny Richards will retire from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, according to a press release.
Richards was recognized as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Officer of the Year in 2015, and also received the Shikar-Safari International Wildlife Officer of the year award, the release stated. He was active in the Operation Game Thief program and “set an excellent example as a role model and leader in Northeast Texas communities.”
Richards also had a role in the Animal Planet television series Lone Star Law, which follows Texas game wardens as they protect our state and national parks.
“Enjoyed watching his professional and compassionate attitude,” said family member and Hunt County resident Anna O’Brien.
“Mr. Richards was certainly an outstanding game warden,” said Titus County resident Ursula Goynes. “It'll be hard to replace him, but he definitely deserves to enjoy retirement and travel.”
Hunt and Hopkins Counties are part of Texas Parks and Wildlife Region 5, along with 30 additional counties managed by Richards and a team of six that patrol the region, according to TPWD.
“Half of me is crying, wishing it would never be over,” Richards said on his last call, which was broadcast on Animal Planet. “Just like a good book, you come to the final chapter… it’s time to turn the page and start a new story."