The Nevada Department of Wildlife named Brian Wakeling as Game Division administrator Monday. The position oversees the division responsible for management, protection, research and monitoring of wildlife classified as game mammals, upland and migratory game birds and furbearing mammals.
Wakeling has more than 25 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He most recently served as a wildlife management branch supervisor for Arizona, similar to the function he’s now fulfilling for Nevada.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Brian to Nevada,” said Tony Wasley, director of NDOW. “His professional accomplishments are recognized throughout the wildlife management community and he will certainly be an asset to the agency.”
During his career in wildlife, Wakeling has worked with a number of NDOW biologists and he looks forward to applying his expertise in the programmatic oversight of game management to Nevada’s Game Division.
“My focus first will be on facilitating biological decision making in game management,” said Wakeling. “I am dedicated to working collaboratively with Nevada’s biologists, sportsmen and stakeholders to solve natural resource challenges.”
As a graduate of Arizona State University, Wakeling holds a master’s in Environmental Resources and a bachelor’s in Wildlife Biology. He maintains affiliations with several organizations including the Wildlife Society, the Society for Range Management, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Desert Bighorn Council.
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