The Spokesman-Review

Wildlife manager to head Idaho Fish and Game

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, 9:43 A.M.

Veteran wildlife manager Virgil Moore will be the new director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Moore, 59, is the current deputy director for field operations at Idaho Fish and Game and will replace Director Cal Groen, who is retiring.

Moore has 34 years of experience in wildlife management. Before taking his current position in 2007, he worked as the director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He was hired by Oregon Fish and Wildlife in 2006 but returned to Idaho after less than a year for family reasons.

Moore was selected from a field of six finalists for the position.

“Virgil is best equipped to maintain the positive momentum that is currently present at Idaho Fish and Game,” Fish and Game Commission Chairman Wayne Wright said. “He is a highly capable leader who is best able to implement the commission’s vision for the future.”

Moore has held numerous executive management positions within Idaho Fish and Game, including fisheries bureau chief and information and education bureau chief. Moore has a master’s degree in zoology from Idaho State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and education from Northwest Missouri State University.

“I am excited to take over as director of Idaho Fish and Game and to work with the strong team we have in place,” Moore said.

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