MEET YOUR GAME WARDENS

We will keep updating and changing the Game Wardens featured in the Meet Your Game Wardens Page.


BADGE PINNING - Welcome to our 5 newly minted Game Wardens


From left: Chief Brian Nesvik, Game Wardens Trevor Meadows, John Pokallus, Levi Wood, Luke May and Ryan Bagley


WELCOME TO THE LARAMIE REGION!
Cheyenne Game Warden Mitch Renteria

The Laramie Region welcomes Mitch Renteria as the new Senior Game Warden in Cheyenne. He replaces Shawn Blajszczak, now the new Permitting Specialist. Renteria is a native of Lincoln, Neb. He graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School and attended college at Southeast Community College and the University of Nebraska. He earned a bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Habitat Management with a minor in Grasslands Ecology and Management.

He began his career with the Game and Fish Department in December 2015 when he was hired as a game warden trainee. He graduated from the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in March 2016 and was assigned to the Laramie Region. As a senior game warden, his district covers all of Laramie County. His primary goal for the job is to be available to the public. "I'm here to serve the public and to be accessible for the hunters, and to serve and protect the wildlife," he said. He plans to spend a fair amount of time in the Cheyenne office and to be available where members of the public can reach him. "I want people to ask me questions now and not make mistakes later," he said. He also wants to work to build and maintain relationships with landowners, whether it's assisting them with damage claims or any other wildlife related problems. "Landowners help provide homes for wildlife and I want to be there for them." He also wants to work with landowners to help provide more public access for hunting.

Prior to working for Game and Fish, he spent six summers working at Yellowstone National Park as a Biological Sciences Technician. His duties included controlling invasive weed species, removing hazardous trees and working on human-wildlife interactions. He also volunteered as a backcountry ranger at Yellowstone. Renteria comes from a long line of outdoorsmen, so his calling to become a game warden comes as no surprise. "I've always been interested in the outdoors and I grew up hunting and fishing," he said. Renteria lives with his wife, Tracee, and their new Labrador retriever puppy, Bridger.



WELCOME TO THE LARAMIE REGION!
Medicine Bow Game Warden Jordan Winter

Hunters in the Medicine Bow area may have noticed a new game warden in town during the fall hunting season. Game Warden Jordan Winter began his duties in Medicine Bow in August after transferring from Alpine. He replaces Jake Kettley, who transferred to Casper.

Winter began his career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in the summer of 2014 when he was hired as a damage technician in Sheridan. He was then hired as a game warden in December 2014 and assigned to Laramie. The following year he transferred to Alpine, where he remained until his move to Medicine Bow. While attending the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, he was selected as the Honor Graduate of his class. This is the most prestigious award given in each class at the academy. It is presented to the student who performs in a superior manner and exhibits the essential qualities and attributes of a professional peace officer.

He was born in Cody and graduated from Lander Valley High School. He grew up guiding for his father's outfitting business, Two Ocean Pass Outfitting. After high school he earned an Associate's of Science at Northwest College and then graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor's in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management. During his college years he volunteered with the Game and Fish Department assisting with elk and deer studies in the Baggs area.

Having spent his first hunting season in Medicine Bow, he learned a lot about the area and is starting to get to know the landowners. "As soon as I got here archery season started, and then the other hunting seasons got underway. It gave me a chance to learn where hunters go and which areas are the busiest and most crowded. This will help me know where to focus my efforts next year." Winter is looking forward to the challenges in his new district. "There are a lot of trespass issues here and I'll keep an eye on the areas that are always problems," he said. He also wants to work to manage the mule deer population to its peak of health, and improve habitat within his district. "I also have a goal to provide more access for hunters in this area," he said. Winter spent the first 29 years of his life in the northwest part of Wyoming, including Lander and Jackson. "The Medicine Bow area is new to me and I find it quite interesting. It has anarray of wildlife and some fascinating landscapes, from the Laramie Range to Miracle Mile to the Shirley Mountains. Every time I go out I see something new. I just love working this area." Winter lives in Medicine Bow with his wife, Ashlie, their two dogs and two horses.