Wildlife Management: Guests (2005)
Regional Wildlife Manager, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Jon Rachael developed a love for all wildlife as a youngster growing up in central Pennsylvania. He spent much of his free time observing and photographing birds, raccoons, foxes, and deer in the farm land around his home. His interest in wildlife led him to choose Wildlife Science as a major for his Bachelor of Science degree at The Pennsylvania State University.
After graduating in 1988, Jon decided to head west to the Rocky Mountains where he entered graduate school at The University of Montana in Missoula to pursue a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Biology. While conducting his thesis research on wolves, deer, and elk, Jon lived in a cabin without electricity, telephone, or running water for 18 months in a remote area in the beautiful mountains on the western edge of Glacier National Park. During his day-to-day activities, he frequently encountered grizzly bears, black bears, mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, moose, deer, and elk. Although, not an every-day occurrence, the sound of wolves howling around the cabin at dusk is an experience he will never forget.
After completing his Master's Degree in 1992, Jon came to work for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Jon has worked for IDFG for almost 20 years and is currently oversees the management programs for all game species in the state, including the state's largest predators: wolves, mountain lions, and bears, as well as the smaller predators.
Regional Conservation Educator, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Gregg is the Regional Conservation Educator for the Upper Snake Region and works out of Idaho Falls. His job is to not only talk to students, but also teach teachers and the general public about fish and wildlife. So that he can get the story right, he gets to take part in all the neat things that Fish and Game does. While helping with projects like deer trapping or catching poachers, he also takes pictures and video for newspaper and television. He writes stories about what Fish and Game is doing and also speaks on the radio and to sportsman's groups and clubs. He is part of the team of agencies that worked to delist the grizzly bear in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, and he is in charge of the committee that handles all the information and education work for grizzly bears in the lower 48 states.
Recently he has been helping to help keep brown bears in the Carpathian Mountains of Europe from getting into trouble with people by helping to create trash containers the bears can't break into. He will be heading back this spring to figure out ways to keep bears from getting into trouble around humans.
Gregg grew up in Illinois and was very involved in Boy Scouts. He went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and got a Bachelors Degree in Scientific Land Management and went on to work for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service. He worked for and received a Masters Degree in Education from Idaho State University before joining Idaho Fish and Game. He has one son in high school, another at Montana State University and another who just graduated from the College of Idaho. His family loves the outdoors, especially in the winter when most people prefer to be inside.
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