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Game Warden Dave Hays receives 35 year service award from WGFD

Game Warden Dave Hays receives 35 year service award from WGFD

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced that Rock Springs Game Warden Dave Hays received the 35 year service award, May 31. Hays worked in the Cheyenne Game and Fish Headquarters in 1983, after graduating from the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and Wildlife Management. He began his career with the WGFD in July of 1979 in the Laramie Game and Fish Regional Office, working various temporary appointments as a check station technician, biologist aid, district biologist, and eventually, a game warden trainee in Glenrock in 1982. “From the first day I started this career I would often think to myself, I can’t believe I’m getting paid to do this,” Hays said. “After more than three decades, I still have a few of those same reflective moments.” Hays was assigned to Douglas in 1984 and served as the district game warden in Converse County for 10 years, then transferring to Green River in 1994, and to Rock Springs in 1997, where he has been district game warden for the past 19 years. “Dave Hays has distinguished himself as a professional and dedicated wildlife officer and wildlife manager throughout his career,” Steve DeCecco, Green River Wildlife Supervisor, said. “Wyoming’s wildlife and citizens have benefited from his knowledge and expertise.” *Dave (in camp) at a rifle range last week with Steve DeCecco, Green River Wildlife Supervisor, and Neil Hymas, Cokeville Game Warden. **h/t photo: Lucy Wold, WGFD/Pitchengine Communities* In 1993, Hays received the statewide WGFD Peer Recognition Award and was also named Wildlife Officer of the Year by the Wyoming Game Warden Association. Hays shares his life with his two sons, David and Evan, and three dogs, who think his green patrol truck is their second home. *Feature photo: (LtoR) Dave Hays and Steve DeCecco, Green River Wildlife Supervisor. h/t photo: Lucy Wold, WGFD/Pitchengine Communities* #shortgo #news