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New fisheries biologist in Laramie

LARAMIE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department welcomes Fisheries Biologist Chance Kirkeeng to the Laramie Region. Kirkeeng replaces Lee McDonald, who retired in August.

Kirkeeng is a Wyoming native and has lived in Rawlins, Casper and Buffalo. He attended Buffalo High School and began his college career at Northwest College in Powell. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management, and earned a master’s degree at South Dakota State University in 2017.

Kirkeeng knew since eighth grade that he wanted to work for the Game and Fish Department. His first position with the department was as a fisheries technician in Sheridan during the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013. He then worked as a seasonal employee on the statewide Aquatic Assessment Crew. “Once I worked my first fisheries position I fell in love with it and never looked back,” he said.

He was hired full time as a fisheries biologist in Laramie in August 2017. In this position, he will help manage all the waters in southeast Wyoming for both sport and native fish species. “There are a lot of exceptional fisheries in the Laramie Region and I’m looking forward to working with the other Laramie fisheries biologists to manage them and continue providing great resources to the public.” he said.

Kirkeeng and his wife, Kirstie, live in Laramie with their new baby daughter, Breigha.