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McWhirter Named New Jackson-Pinedale Wildlife Coordinator

Wildlife Biologist Doug McWhirter promoted to Jackson-Pinedale Wildlife Managment Coordinator position.

3/13/2017 3:46:16 PM

Jackson - JACKSON – The Jackson office of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department welcomes Doug McWhirter as the new Wildlife Management Coordinator for the Jackson and Pinedale regions. McWhirter will supervise the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s wildlife biologist activities out of both offices. The position was previously held by Doug Brimeyer who was recently promoted to serve as the Assistant Wildlife Division Chief in Cheyenne.
McWhirter is a 27-year veteran of the Game and Fish Department, spending the last 15 years as the wildlife biologist in Cody. Prior to that, Doug served as the department’s wildlife biologist in Pinedale for 10 years.
McWhirter is a Kansas native, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology from Wichita State University before coming to Wyoming to work on bighorn sheep projects in the Absaroka, Gros Ventre and Wind River mountain ranges. Doug then returned to school, earning a Master’s Degree from the University of Wyoming, researching bighorn sheep foraging ecology near Cody.
McWhirter has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his Game and Fish career, including both the Peer Recognition Award and Wildlife Division Employee of the Year in 1997, Wildlife Professional of the Year by the Wyoming Chapter Wildlife Society in 2009 and the Ron Ball Memorial Award from the Wyoming Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation in 2015.
McWhirter brings a wealth of knowledge on the management of all Wyoming’s big game species, but especially bighorn sheep. Doug has directed several bighorn sheep research projects and led a number of statewide bighorn sheep working groups, and currently serves as the Wyoming Game and Fish representative to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) Wild Sheep Working Group. In 2016, McWhirter was inducted into the Wild Sheep Biologist’s Wall of Fame by the Wild Sheep Foundation.
Doug is excited to become acquainted with the Game and Fish Department’s many partners in the Jackson community. Doug will be living and recreating in the Jackson area with his wife Ann and daughter Sara.
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(Mark Gocke, Regional Info & Education Specialist)

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