CHEYENNE - Mike Stone, chief of fisheries for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, has retired after nearly 39 years of service with the Game and Fish.
Stone has been chief of fisheries since 1996. He began his Game and Fish career as a summer biologist aide in Jackson. His permanent service started at the Dan Speas Fish Hatchery near Casper as a fish culturist. He was promoted to a biologist in Cheyenne in 1975 and to ecological services manager in 1985. In1990, he was promoted to fisheries management coordinator overseeing aquatic field operations and in January 1996 to assistant Fish Division chief before again being promoted to chief of fisheries later that year.
Stone is a native of Rosiclare, Ill.,and a 1967 graduate of Rosiclare High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fisheries biology from Colorado State University and a master’s in aquatic ecology from the University of Illinois.
Throughout his career he has received many honors including the department’s Fish Division Employee of the Year in 1996and most recently, the Award of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society,the Society’s highest honor. Other accomplishments include co-authoring two books with University of Wyoming zoology professor George Baxter, dealing with Wyoming’s aquatic wildlife resource: Amphibians and Reptiles of Wyoming and Fishes of Wyoming.
Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott said one of Stone’s most noteworthy accomplishments as chief of fisheries was leading a long-term plan to upgrade Wyoming’s fish hatchery system.
“Mike is a tireless, dedicated professional who showed clear leadership through many challenges including the renovation of Wyoming’s hatchery system,” Talbott said. “He led the effort from securing funding to final job completion. His work exemplified professionalism and dedication to Wyoming, its wildlife, and the people of this state.”
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)