The Department is created and placed under the direction and supervision of the Commission in W.S. 23-1-401. The responsibilities of the Department are defined in W.S. 23-1-103. The Department is charged with providing..."an adequate and flexible system for the control, management, protection, and regulation of all Wyoming wildlife."
Scott Talbott was appointment the Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 2011. He has served the wildlife and people of the State of Wyoming for 28 years.
Scott worked on the family ranch, felled timber and sheared sheep until graduation from college when he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a game warden. In the spring of 1985, he began his career with the Department as an upland game bird/waterfowl habitat technician at Ocean Lake. He worked in various capacities including habitat and access construction crew, bird farm technician, elk feeder and special deputy. Scott was appointed as damage control warden in Casper in 1988 and promoted to Newcastle game warden in 1989.He served as a wildlife investigator in Casper prior to being appointed the regional wildlife supervisor in Green River. In 1997, he transferred to Casper and served as the regional supervisor until being promoted to Assistant Chief,Wildlife Division in 2003. These responsibilities included the administration and oversight of the Department's wildlife management program, wildlife law enforcement, trophy game conflict resolution, hunting and fishing access,wildlife disease surveillance, the bird farm programs, and wildlife damage management.
Scott spends his spare time hunting and fishing with his two sons Payden and Luke. He enjoys training horses and going on backcountry pack trips in the remote mountains of Wyoming. He remains actively involved in the family's ranching operation near Laramie, Wyoming.
Deputy Director (Internal Operations)
John Kennedy started with the department in 2003 as Services Division Chief. After 6 years in that position, he promoted into the deputy director position (internal operations), with the retirement of Gregg Arthur. John came to Wyoming from Arizona, where he spent 12 years in various positions with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Those positions included habitat branch chief, project evaluation program supervisor, regional habitat program manager, and regional habitat specialist. During the last 15 years, John has served on numerous committees of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He currently chairs the Association's committee that focuses on state-federal agency coordination. John was recognized by the WGFD with the Director's Award in 2005. John graduated from the National Conservation Leadership Institute in 2007. John was born and raised in Idaho. He holds a B.S. degree in wildlife management from the University of Idaho and an M.S. degree in wildlife management from South Dakota State University. His M.S. research focused on habitat selection by white-tailed deer in the northern Black Hills.
John and his wife Carmen have two sons, Jacob and John Jr. The Kennedy family enjoys camping, fishing and hunting.
Deputy Director (External Operations)
Mark Konishi started his career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 2009 as the Information and Publications Supervisor. In 2012 he was promoted to Services Division Chief, and in 2013 was named Deputy Director (External Operations) following the retirement of John Emmerich. Mark came to Wyoming from Colorado, where he spent 27 years in various positions with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Those positions included District Wildlife Manager (Game Warden), Area Wildlife Manager, Regional Manager, Assistant Director, Deputy Director, and Acting Director. While in Colorado, Mark was the first to document successful reproduction with reintroduced river otters, and was involved in the management of peregrine falcons in southwest Colorado and downtown Denver. He was also a police firearms instructor, and was instrumental in standardizing defensive tactics and arrest control training for numerous agencies across the country, including the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Over the years, Mark has been involved in committee work with the Intermountain West Joint Venture, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He graduated from the National Conservation Leadership Institute in 2007, and holds a B.S. in biology, with a minor in chemistry from Adams State University.
Mark and his wife Kathy spend their available time fly fishing, and have one son (Justin and wife Sharay), and two daughters(Alisa and Candice).
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Office of the Director
5400 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82006
Ph: (307) 777-4600
Fax: (307) 777-4699