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Edberg retires from WGFD

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) Deputy Chief of Wildlife and Deputy Chief Game Warden Scott Edberg is retiring after 31 years of service to the state of Wyoming. Edberg is best known for his strong work ethic, enthusiastic leadership, eye for details and drive for excellence throughout his career. 

“Scott’s positive impact on Wyoming’s wildlife and his contribution to the WGFD is impressive,” said Rick King, chief of the wildlife division. “Throughout his career, Scott has been the go-to person when a tough job required a strong leader who could plan, develop and implement a major project. He is without equal in his ability to pull together a team, initiate action and follow through on commitments. He will certainly leave an indelible legacy.” 

Edberg began with WGFD in 1988 in Pinedale as a temporary biologist technician on a Wyoming Range mule deer project. Two seasons later, he joined the storied red shirt ranks as the Glenrock game warden. 

“I was always fascinated by working outdoors with wildlife and people. I knew I wanted to be a game warden in the West because of the diversity of the job and the model of the Wyoming warden’s job that blends law enforcement, biology and public outreach,” Edberg said.  

After almost 10 years, Edberg was promoted to game warden supervisor in 2000 for the Jackson-Pinedale Region, which was one region at the time, serving for over four years before returning to central Wyoming as the Casper Region wildlife supervisor. In 2011, Edberg was promoted to his current position as deputy chief of wildlife and deputy chief game warden, working from Casper.

Edberg received numerous internal recognitions for his work including a WGFD 1994 Law Enforcement Commendation, 1997 Casper-Sheridan Regions Peer Recognition Award, 2008 Wildlife Division Employee of the Year, 2013 Director’s Award and 2020 Team of the Year member for the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Team. 

He also was honored as the 1997 Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year for Wyoming and received the 2001 North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association Lifesaving Award.

“I’m going to miss the everyday work and interactions with my fellow employees and the public. Over my career I’ve made a lot of great friends and those are relationships I am going to maintain after I retire,” Edberg said. “I’ll also miss being out and about with field folks and the various publics getting my hands dirty in the sun, snow, wind, cold, dust and dirt to better Wyoming’s wildlife.” 

Edberg’s last day with WGFD is Feb. 1. Edberg intends to remain in Casper following retirement with his wife, Paula, working on house projects, raising a new puppy and learning how to catch more walleye and kokanee salmon.

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