January 8, 2001
Phil Cooper Biography
Phil Cooper has worked for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game since January, 1988. Phil began his career with the agency as Regional Conservation Educator in Pocatello. In 1994, he transferred to Coeur d'Alene.
During high school, Phil worked summer positions with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in the Youth Conservation Corps. This experience created an interest in pursuing a Natural Resources career.
While attending Miami University and the Ohio State University, Phil worked as a fishing guide at Yellowstone National Park. Upon graduation, he began his professional career in 1981 with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources where he held positions of Grants Coordinator, Education Supervisor, State Game Protector, and Wildlife Education Officer.
Working in Yellowstone created a desire to live in the West that would not go away. When the opportunity to move westward arrived, Phil gladly accepted.
Phil's wife is a teacher in the Post Falls School District. They have three sons who are active in competitive swimming, 4-H and baseball. The Cooper family lives in a log house in the woods south of Coeur d'Alene where they are the guests of resident deer, elk, moose and ruffed grouse.