CHEYENNE - Mark Bruscino, supervisor of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s large carnivore management section, recently retired after more than 28 years of service.
Bruscino began his Game and Fish career as a biologist aid in Moorcroft and Laramie. He served as a game warden in Green River, Baggs, Kaycee, Laramie and Lovell before beginning his work with grizzly bears in 1992.
Before coming to work with Game and Fish, Bruscino attended Casper College and the University of Wyoming, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology.
Bruscino has received numerous honors including the Wildlife Division’s “Employee of the Year” award and recognition from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee for “outstanding contribution to grizzly bear recovery and conservation by working closely with locals to resolve human/grizzly conflicts.”
Chief Game Warden Brian Nesvik said that when Bruscino first donned a red shirt grizzly bears were already listed as a threatened species. “The fact that grizzly population are fully recovered and ready for state management is consequential to Mark's tremendous wildlife conservation work spanning nearly three decades,” Nesvik said. “Mark is known nationwide as one the foremost experts regarding large carnivore management and conflict mitigation. He will be missed, but I am grateful he took the time to mentor so many of us by sharing so much of his expertise.”
(Contact: Al Langston, 307-777-4540)