Jenkins said it didn't surprise him at all that California wardens were called in on the Dorner manhunt, which unfolded deep in the San Bernadino Mountains.
"Wildlife officers tend to be more familiar with rural areas than officers from other agencies," he said.
It also didn't surprise him that the California wardens were well armed.
"We work remote areas, often by ourselves, and during hunting season we're usually dealing with people who have guns," he said.
"A study by the FBI said that wildlife officers are seven times more likely to be assaulted in the line of duty than other police officers. With that in mind, it makes sense for us to be armed, don't you think?"
West Virginia's officers carry .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic handguns, 12-gauge Remington 870 pump shotguns, and .223-caliber Smith & Wesson MP-15 semiautomatic rifles.
Four times a year, they undergo firearms training. Agency rules require them to qualify twice a year with their side arms, once a year with their shotguns and once a year with their rifles.
Jenkins said it isn't unusual for wildlife officers to participate alongside state and local police during manhunts, hostage situations and drug raids, but added that they usually maintain a low profile.
"We get called in the whole gamut [of crimes,]" he said. "We're not often the guys you see on the news, but we're usually there."