NEW GAME WARDENS

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


Kristen DaVanon, a Minooka, Illinois native, received a bachelor's degree in Biology and Conservation Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Science as well as a master's degree in Biology from New Mexico State University. DaVanon studied the impacts of urbanization on predator-prey interactions for her master's project. DaVanon was interested in becoming a game warden with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department because of the dynamics of the job. Kristen is the North Gillette Game Warden.


While growing up in Peoria, Arizona, Justin Dodd spent a lot of time hunting, fishing and participating in other outdoor activities. He received a bachelor's degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Northern Arizona University. Dodd developed a passion for wildlife when he started taking wildlife management classes in college. His father was a police officer in Arizona for 30 years, so law enforcement has always been a huge part of his life. Becoming a game warden was a perfect fit for Dodd, because it combined his two passions, wildlife management and law enforcement.


Dan Smith, formerly the Cody Regional Access Coordinator, was named Cody Regional Wildlife Supervisor in August. Smith replaced Alan Osterland, who was promoted to Fish Division Chief. Smith is looking forward to the challenges of his new role. He values the sense of community and the diversity of wildlife the Cody area offers. "The diversity of wildlife in the Cody Region is unmatched," he said. "Cody is an ideal place with high densities of wildlife and wild places, and low densities of people."

Smith has lived and worked in Cody since 2002 while serving as a game warden and access coordinator for Game and Fish. He previously served as a game warden in Arizona for eight years. Smith began his college education at the University of Wyoming, and later earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife conservation biology from Arizona State University in 1993. A native of Wyoming, Smith grew up in an outdoor family and enjoys Jeeps, camping, hunting and fishing. He lives in Cody with his wife, Stephanie, who is a school teacher in Burlington.


Former Medicine Bow Game Warden Jordan Winter replaces Smith as the new Access Coordinator. Winter began his career with Game and Fish in 2014 when he was hired as a damage technician in Sheridan. Soon after, he was hired as a game warden and has served in Laramie, Alpine, and most recently, Medicine Bow.

As Access Coordinator, Jordan oversees Hunter Management Areas, walk-in hunting and walk-in fishing areas in the Cody Region and the northern portion of the Lander Region. "I am looking forward to working as coordinator for Access Yes," Winter said. "The program provides so many benefits for the public, wildlife and the department."

Winter is a native of Cody, 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 Game and Fish assisting with elk and deer studies in the Baggs area. Winter lives in Cody with his wife, Ashlie.