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Wyoming Game And Fish Has A New Director

Angi Bruce

Wyoming Game and Fish Department has a new director.

Last week, Governor Mark Gordon announced that Angi Bruce will take over for the current director, Brian Nesvik in September.

Bruce becomes the first woman director for G&F, and says that wildlife habitat will be her main priority when she takes over for the retiring Nesvik. She told Cowboy State Daily that the loss of Wyoming wildlife is “loss of habitat, both quality and quantity. We’re seeing these effects on sage grouse, mule deer and other species.

Governor Gordon picked Bruce from three internal finalists; Rick King, chief of the department’s Wildlife Division, as well as Craig Smith, who is the deputy chief of the Wildlife Division.  Ms. Bruce is currently the deputy director of external affairs for G&F.

Ms. Bruce has been with the state agency since 2019, coming from Iowa where she worked for the Department of Natural Resources for 17 years.  Being the first woman in the position of Director for Wyoming Game and Fish, she knows how significant that is, saying, “I’m thrilled to represent the first female director for the department. That’s exciting. This is a very male-dominated field, it always has has been.”

She says she is “honored” to be in her position and wants to be a role model for people who are interested in pursuing wildlife management and conservation.

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