Lynn Jahnke to Retire After 34 Years with Game and Fish
Lynn Jahnke, Sheridan Regional Wildlife Management Coordinator, will retire from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department after spending 34 years working at several locations around Wyoming.
Sheridan - Lynn Jahnke, Sheridan Regional Wildlife Management Coordinator, will retire from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department after spending 34 years working at several locations around Wyoming. Jahnke’s last day of work will be May 26, 2017.
Lynn Jahnke grew up in the flatlands of eastern North Dakota. He spent his youth fishing and hunting the area around Durbin, ND. Following his graduation from high school in the early 1970’s, Lynn attended Northwestern College in Minnesota for three years. After working on the family farm and doing construction work for a couple years Lynn decided it was time to do something else.
Having always enjoyed the outdoors, Lynn decided to pursue a degree in wildlife management. Jahnke finished his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Wyoming graduating with honors in 1981. Lynn was then accepted into the Graduate School at UW where he studied costs of predation on domestic livestock, receiving his Master of Science in Zoology and Physiology degree in 1983.
While attending college, Lynn worked one summer for the Game and Fish Department and two summers at a coal mine doing wildlife related work. In 1983, Lynn took the game warden exam and worked that summer with the grizzly bear crew. In December of 1983, Lynn started his permanent career as a game warden trainee in Lander. In 1984, Lynn attended the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy graduating as the “Top Student” of Class Number 47.
After graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy, Jahnke worked as a game warden in Casper and Kemmerer before being promoted to District Game Warden in Kaycee in September 1985. In December of 1987, he accepted a wildlife biologist position in Baggs where he stayed until December 1994 when he transferred to the Sheridan Region.
In mid-1995, Jahnke was named acting Wildlife Management Coordinator (WMC) of the Sheridan Region and held that status until October 1995 when he was promoted to the permanent WMC. As a WMC, Jahnke supervised the wildlife biologists within the Sheridan Region however, due to reorganizational efforts within Game and Fish, Jahnke was tasked with also supervising the Terrestrial Habitat Biologist and the Public Information Specialist in the Sheridan Region.
“With his background, Lynn was always able to provide a unique perspective in his review of management proposals and draft hunting regulations” says Brian Nesvik Chief Game Warden. “During his career Lynn was instrumental in implementing a variety of management efficiencies including standardizing licenses types and developing a framework to evaluate wildlife population objectives. Lynn also worked closely with field staff on the first detailed research project on moose in the Bighorn Mountains.”
Lynn and his wife Lois plan to make the Sheridan area their retirement home. They will be able to spend more time fishing their favorite waters, where Lois typically out fishes Lynn, and hunting elk in areas Lynn became familiar with during the last 30 years.
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