April 15, 2003

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Brad Compton is State Big Game Manager for the Idaho Department of Fish & Game. He is responsible for moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, antelope, black bear and mountain lion management programs in the state.

Brad grew up in northwest Montana on a small ranch and spent most waking hours exploring the outdoors. Early experiences with catching fish and frogs created a life-long interest in wildlife. Brad decided in High School that he wanted to become a wildlife biologist and started taking extra biology, chemistry, and math classes. After High School, he attended Montana State University where he earned a Bachelors & Masters Degree in Fish & Wildlife Management.

Brad's first jobs involved studying white-tailed deer in eastern Montana and elk in Yellowstone Park. Since then, he has worked with mule deer, moose, caribou, grizzly bears, mountain lions, upland game birds and waterfowl.

Brad and his wife Lynnea are raising two boys, ages 5 & 7, and the entire family enjoys camping, fishing, and hunting experiences.

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