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Massive and tasty, the white sturgeon's numbers are dwindling in the Delta

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Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:00 am

The wardens carry guns, their chests bulging a bit more than normal, a telltale sign of the snug bullet-proof vests they wear beneath their regulation khaki shirts. There are eight of them, all dressed in green cargo pants and heavy boots. One carries a search warrant.

The job of a California Department of Fish and Game officer is 98 percent surveillance, minor investigations and office work. Only 2 percent of their time is spent involved with sting operations like this one, but it's that 2 percent that sends adrenaline coursing through warden Patrick Foy's veins.

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