CHEYENNE – Game Warden Ryan Bagley recently transferred to Cheyenne to replace Kristen DaVanon, who is now the Senior Game Warden in Gillette.
Bagley grew up in Fairview, Wyo., and graduated from Star Valley High School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Wyoming in 2015. As a student, he was a member of the Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society at the University of Wyoming. Bagley began his wildlife career as a volunteer at the Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Forensic and Fish Health Laboratory, working on tooth aging, DNA standards and fish health. He was offered an internship at the lab, which then led to a six-month lab technician job. As a student, he also volunteered for Green River Wildlife Biologist Tony Mong on a mule deer trapping project, and assisted with an elk study that looked at predator-prey dynamics and using GPS technology to study how elk and hunters use beetle-killed forests. His passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors led him to seek employment with Game and Fish. “I wanted a job that would let me be outside and work with wildlife,” he said. After graduating from Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in April 2017, he was assigned as a game warden in the Sheridan Region where he worked on watercraft safety enforcement at Keyhole Reservoir and Lake Desmet. His current position serves as a training ground for new game wardens. It involves overseeing the falconry program, issuing nonresident trapping and furbearing permits, and assisting the Wildlife Division with a variety of duties. “I’m looking forward to working in Cheyenne and learning about what goes on behind the scenes to keep the wildlife division up and running.” When he’s not hunting or fishing, he enjoys mountain biking and building furniture. Ryan and his wife, Molly, have a six-month-old daughter.