Elk-Management Expert Retires

Having helped set the course for the Idaho Fish and Game Department’s management plan for the state’s elk herd, Herb Pollard has decided to retire as the department’s regional supervisor in Lewiston.

A fishery biologist by training, Pollard said on Monday he may work as a consultant or for a federal agency on salmon and steelhead issues.

He leaves the agency likely to be remembered most for his work with big game management, particularly elk. Pollard, who moved to Lewiston in 1992 to run the Clearwater Region, launched an ambitious and often contentious review of the agency’s elk hunting regulations. In 1995, the regional staff formed the 21-member Citizens Advisory Committee to review regional hunting conditions.

Pollard, 52, has been with the department for 28 years, serving the past 12 as a regional supervisor - seven at Idaho Falls and five at Lewiston.

His retirement will be effective May 31.

, DataTimes

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