Wyoming Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists in the Sheridan region will have help this summer. Chance Kirkeeng, Garret Point, and Nathan Shepherd began working in mid-May as summer fish technicians and will continue until late this summer.
Kirkeeng is from Buffalo, Wyoming. This is his third season with the Sheridan fish crew. He attended Northwest Community College for two years earning his Associate of Science in natural resource biology. He is enrolled at the University of Wyoming this fall where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in wildlife and fisheries management and, eventually, a master’s degree.
Point returns for his fourth year as a fish technician. He is from the Star Valley area in Wyoming and attended Sheridan College for two years. He attended the University of Wyoming where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries, wildlife biology and wildlife management. His responsibilities will change July 1 as he will serve as a wildlife damage technician until the end of the year.
Shepherd is from Lansing, North Carolina and this is his first summer with the fish crew. He has worked as a ranch hand in Sheridan for the past two summers. He is enrolled at Western Carolina University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource conservation and management.
The three technicians are avid outdoorsmen who enjoy hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. They will be assisting the fisheries crew with numerous population surveys on area streams and lakes, as well as creel surveys this summer. Sheridan Regional Fisheries Supervisor Paul Mavrakis says, “We rely on summer contract biologists for a great deal of our fisheries data collection each year. The technicians are a valuable asset to this crew and we sincerely appreciate their time and expertise in helping manage northeast Wyoming fisheries.”