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Saratoga welcomes new wildlife biologist

November 21, 2018
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Laramie - Wildlife Biologist Teal Cufaude recently began her new assignment in Saratoga. She replaces Wildlife Biologist Will Schultz, who took a new position at the headquarters office in Cheyenne.
            Cufaude is originally from Crystal Falls, Mich., where she attended Forest Park High School. She comes from a long line of outdoor enthusiasts; her mother works as a wildlife biologist and her father is a forester. Following the family tradition, Cufaude graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management Research and Ecology and minors in Biology and Environmental Law Enforcement. While in college, she served as a deputy conservation warden in Wisconsin, where she worked on watercraft enforcement and assisted with hunting seasons. 
She began her career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in January 2012 as a game warden in Sheridan. In September 2012, she transferred to Gillette as a senior game warden. She then transferred to the West Rawlins Game Warden district in 2014. “I fell in love with Carbon County and knew I wanted to stay here,” she said. So when the Saratoga wildlife biologist position became available, she applied.
 “For the past six years, I represented Wyoming Game and Fish as a game warden. I am proud to have worked to protect the fish, wildlife and natural resources in each community that I served. Working complex wildlife cases and seeing wildlife violators brought to justice was extremely rewarding and something I will surely miss as I transition to my new position,” Cufaude said.
            She welcomes the challenges of her new position, and especially working with the diversity of species, such as bighorn sheep and moose, that are abundant in her new district.             
Some of her many duties will include recapturing bighorn sheep to replace GPS collars as part of an ongoing study, assisting the University of Wyoming’s Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit on a moose mortality project, continuing work on mule deer migration corridors in the Platte Valley, and studying the impacts of the Ryan Fire on big game winter range. 
            “I am excited to now be representing Wyoming Game and Fish as a wildlife biologist in Saratoga. The area has an abundance of wildlife and each community in my new district has a rich hunting and outdoor recreation culture, which makes it a phenomenal place to live and work. I look forward to learning the area, serving the public and contributing to the conservation of the diverse wildlife resources in my new district,” she said. 
            Cufaude lives in Saratoga with her husband, Mark, and their hunting dogs. 

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