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New game warden in Wheatland after Ellsworth promoted

May 13, 2020
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Nate Holst has been named the new game warden in Wheatland. Holst replaces Davis Ellsworth, who was promoted to game warden supervisor for the Laramie Region.
Holst was born at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. With his father in the Air Force, he moved frequently as a child and lived in Italy for more than two years. He earned an associate’s degree at Gillette College then graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2016 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. He was active in the student chapter of the Wildlife Society while in college, and worked for the Game and Fish Department during the summers as a chronic wasting disease technician, an aquatic invasive species technician, and assisting with a mule deer study in Baggs and a river otter survey in Rocky Mountain National Park.  
After graduation, Holst was hired as a fisheries technician in Casper, and then served as a HMAP coordinator in the Black Hills, where he coordinated depredation hunts on private land to harvest cow elk and doe white-tailed deer. He was hired as a game warden in December 2018 and graduated the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in April 2019. After spending the summer working on boating enforcement at Glendo State Park, he was assigned to the Laramie Region Office in September 2019 and worked enforcement in the Snowy Range and Sierra Madres. He was named the new Wheatland game warden on March 1.
“I want to serve Wyoming. We operate differently than other states as far as wardens go. I like being involved in the biology and the law enforcement and making a difference for wildlife. Every day you get the chance to educate the public through contacts,” he said. Holst and his wife Emily reside in Wheatland.
In his new role as game warden supervisor, Ellsworth will provide leadership and support for game warden districts in Goshen, Platte, and Laramie counties, as well as game wardens stationed within the Laramie Region and at Glendo State Park. This is a new position created to help the department manage workload.
“Southeast Wyoming is quite busy for the department personnel, with watercraft use, fishing, and hunting opportunities,” said Laramie Wildlife Supervisor Matt Withroder. “This position was created to help assist with the needs of these counties. It will help the department to better serve the needs of sportsmen and our other constituents.”
Ellsworth is a native of Fort Collins, Colo., and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in Natural Resources and Wildlife Management. He began his career with the department as a game warden in 2013. In December 2015, he was promoted to the Wheatland Game Warden District. He was named Citizen of the Year by the Wheatland Masonic Lodge in 2016. Ellsworth and his wife, Elisabeth, have two children, and will continue to reside in the Wheatland area.


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