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WORK IN THE WILD
Wyoming Game and Fish Department employees do a wide variety of work, and often
perform tasks beyond their job descriptions.
Here are some photos of Game and Fish employees in the field, and a brief description of what
they are doing.

(WGFD photo)

Brandon Scurlock is the Wildlife Management Coordinator for the Wyoming
Game and Fish Department in Pinedale. In this photo taken in 2010 Scurlock
supervised the Game and Fish's program that dealt with brucellosis testing on
elk feedgrounds out of the Jackson and Pinedale regions. This photo of Scurlock
was in a holding pen at the South Park Habitat Management Area 8 miles south of
Jackson. Game and Fish captured elk that winter to acquire 40 female calf elk for
a research project. Workers processed all the sexes and ages of elk captured in a
corral by working them into the chutes, and female calves got held in the small
holding pen Scurlock was in. Scurlock described the work and being around the
elk in a petting zoo-like situation as " good times. "

(WGFD photo)

Willow Bish sets up bat acoustic monitoring equipment in the Thunder Basin
National Grassland in northeast Wyoming. This survey contributes to the North
American Bat Monitoring program which has developed protocols and partnerships to assess changes in bat populations at local, regional and range-wide
scales. Many Wyoming Game and Fish Department employees committed to an
annual bat " grid " survey which involves setting up acoustic monitoring equipment at four locations within a predefined area and leaving the equipment up
for about four nights. The recorded audio files are analyzed to determine which
bat species are present. Wyoming is home to 18 different species of bats. Bish
is a terrestrial habitat biologist for Game and Fish in Casper. Her primary job
responsibility is to develop and implement habitat improvement and restoration
projects, but she also assists with regional management efforts.

(Photo by Sara
DiRienzo/WGFD)

Sheridan Region Habitat and Access Coordinator Seth Roseberry runs heavy
equipment during work in 2018 to install an elk jump at the Kerns Wildlife Habitat
Management Area north of Parkman in Sheridan County. An elk jump is an earth
ramp to allow elk and other wildlife the ability to move back onto the WHMA more
freely. Elk jumps are a passive and more natural way for some wildlife to enter an
area where a fence may be somewhat of a barrier to their movement. Roseberry
manages and maintains Wyoming Game and Fish Commission-owned and managed
lands within the Sheridan Region. His duties involve a wide range of activities from
habitat improvement through plantings, stream work and noxious weed management to fence repair and replacement along with maintenance and contracts on area
roads, parking areas and public facilities. When asked why he feels like he has the
best job at Game and Fish Roseberry said, " I get to work with all ranges of Game and
Fish duties, while providing crucial habitat for wildlife and helping assure the public
can access and utilize these amazing properties. "

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