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New Sheridan Region game warden in Moorcroft

May 06, 2020
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Sheridan - Jacob Miller recently arrived in the Sheridan Region to temporarily serve as a game warden in the Moorcroft area, filling in behind longtime Moorcroft Game Warden John Davis who retired in early April.

A North Dakota native, Miller grew up on a ranch in the south-central part of the state. He attended college at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota and graduated in spring 2015 with bachelor degrees in wildlife management and mathematics.

“I started out as a math education major,” Miller said, about his double degrees. “But growing up, I always loved being around wildlife. Hunting and fishing with my family are some of my fondest memories. I eventually decided I didn’t want to be tied to a classroom and I wanted to pursue a career where I would be outside for a good portion of it.”

After graduation, Miller accepted a technician job at the North Dakota Wildlife Health Laboratory in Bismarck where he assisted with research projects, deer surveys, mountain lion captures and other duties. Though he enjoyed the biological aspect of wildlife management, he spent time with local game wardens while at the lab and decided to enter the field of wildlife law enforcement.

“When I graduated I didn’t know if I wanted to be a warden or biologist,” he said. “But in the lab position I got the opportunity to work with a lot of game wardens and decided to switch to wildlife law enforcement as a focus of what I wanted to do.”

He was hired by North Dakota as a game warden in June 2016 and then attended the North Dakota Law Enforcement Academy. After receiving his certification he was stationed as a game warden in Killdeer, North Dakota, where he remained until he was hired by Wyoming Game and Fish. He began his duties in Moorcroft on April 6, 2020. 

“As a kid, we would always vacation here, take camping trips and go fishing,” said Miller, about his decision to relocate to Wyoming. “On the work side of things, the fact I could do wildlife biology and law enforcement in this position was a motivating factor. I love it out here and wish I had made this change a lot earlier. It is a beautiful area and everyone I have met has been very friendly. My neighboring wardens in Gillette and John Davis have been a great help to me and I am starting to learn more about the area. Moorcroft has turned out to be a really nice community.”

- WGFD -

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