March 12, 2002

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Tom Hemker Biography

Tom is a wildlife biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. He has worked for the Department for 20 years and has had a variety of jobs during that time. He started as a big game research biologist in Soda Springs, worked in Pocatello as a local biologist working on all species and their habitat and currently works in Boise supervising the Department's programs for small game and habitat including over 200,000 acres of state wildlife management areas.

Tom was born in Utah and has lived in several different parts of the West. As a child he spent lots of time outdoors and camped in every western state and Canada. Today, he enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, mountaineering and just about anything that gets him outdoors.

He has a degree in biology from the University of California, Davis and a master's degree in wildlife ecology from Utah State University where he studied mountain lions. He and his wife, also a biologist, live in Boise with their 2 children.

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