CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Monday that South Pinedale Game Warden Jordan Craft has been named as the 2021 Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year for Wyoming.
The award is given by the Shikar-Safari Club International to a wildlife officer in each state and Canadian province.
“Jordan Kraft is a stand-out wildlife officer who maintains the values and work ethic of the traditional Wyoming game warden, while remaining open and adaptable to changing times,” Wyoming Chief Game Warden Rick King said. “He is a devoted wildlife professional with abundant enthusiasm for the game warden profession and deep respect for Wyoming’s wildlife resources.”
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Craft has served with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for 20 years, currently working in the South Pinedale district.
“Kraft’s district includes landscapes ranging from high-desert sagebrush, to the high peaks of the Bridger Wilderness with countless lakes, streams and agricultural areas in between,” Game and Fish said.” The people he serves are diverse, attracting hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts from around the world.”
Game and Fish said that Kraft often represents the department on top-priority issues like the following:
- energy production
- migration corridors
- elk feedgrounds
- chronic wasting disease
- sage grouse
“Whether it is protected nongame wildlife such as burrowing owls, or trophy elk and mule deer, Jordan Kraft takes an active role in the management and protection of all wildlife and the habitat that supports them,” Pinedale Region Wildlife Supervisor John Lund said. “With multiple high-profile cases throughout his career, Jordan has developed a reputation for relentless case investigations. In what may appear to be a dead-end case, Jordan refuses to give up and relies on patience and meticulous attention to detail — often transforming a case with little evidence into a successful conviction.”
“Jordan has successfully tackled difficult and sensitive challenges on a regular basis due to building strong working relationships with fellow employees, landowners, sportsmen and other agencies. He is more than deserving to be honored as Wyoming’s 2021 Shikar-Safari Officer of the Year.”
Kraft will be presented with the award during the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s meeting in January.
This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.