Published: Nov 16, 2010 4:44 PM EST
Updated: Nov 16, 2010 1:44 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The death of a Pennsylvania game warden is drawing attention to the dangers faced by the law enforcement officers known as the "thin green line."

Thirty-one-year-old David Grove was fatally shot Thursday night as he tried to arrest a suspected poacher. The suspect was apprehended the next day.

The North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association says about 70 wildlife officers in the United States have died in the line of duty since 1980. It says more than a dozen of them died through accidental or malicious killings.

Grove had recently written an article for Pennsylvania Game News in which he described a young poaching suspect who escaped but later turned himself in.

He wrote that "breaking game laws and poaching will never do anything good."