CHEYENNE - Bob Lanka Game and Fish supervisor of biological services in Cheyenne has been recognized by the Wildlife Society Fellows Program—a program dedicated to recognition of members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to their profession. Fellow appointments are for life.
The Wildlife Society is an international organization comprised of professionals in the wildlife field throughout North America and numerous other countries. Its members manage, conserve, and study wildlife populations and habitats. They actively manage forests, conserve wetlands, restore endangered species, conserve wildlife on private and public lands, resolve wildlife damage and disease problems, and enhance biological diversity.
Throughout his career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Lanka has supported the Wildlife Society in many ways including serving as President of the Wyoming Chapter, active liaison to the University of Wyoming Student Chapter, and President of the Central Mountains & Plains Section. As President of the Central Mountains and Plains Section, he instituted the Strategic Plan for the Section.
In addition, in the early 1990s, when game ranching was challenging the concept of public ownership of wildlife in many western states, Lanka was instrumental in opposing this threat. He played an integral role in developing state policy that preserved public ownership of wildlife in Wyoming. The “Lanka Report” on privatization of wildlife is is still being used by Wildlife Society members.
Lanka has assisted with development and implementation of procedures to improve data collection systems, ungulate inventory systems, harvest surveys, mountain lion management plans, and public education programs that continue to be important tools of the Game and Fish Department. In his current position he is responsible for endangered and threatened species statewide.
“Bob Lanka is the professionals' professional, working tirelessly and selflessly for the conservation of wildlife in North America,” said assistant Game and Fish wildlife division chief Tom Ryder.
Prior to starting his career with the Game and Fish, Lanka earned a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. In 1985 he completed his master’s degree in zoology from the University of Wyoming.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)