GILLETTE- Dustin Kirsch is the new senior game warden in south Gillette for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Wyoming game wardens are responsible for wildlife law enforcement, damage claims, and prevention, data collection, and wildlife management duties. Kirsch replaces former South Gillette Game Warden Irah Leonetti.
Kirsch was born and raised in Gillette, Wyo. He attended Montana State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. He began his career in wildlife with Game and Fish as a game warden in 2009. He attended the 12-week Peace Officer Basic Training Course at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and was certified as a Wyoming peace officer. After attending the academy Kirsch transferred to Green River where he was responsible for boating and fishing enforcement on Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
In September 2011 Kirsch was transferred to Mountain View as a senior game warden. In Mountain View Kirsch continued to be responsible for boating and fishing enforcement on Flaming Gorge Reservoir along with other duties including: hunting and trapping enforcement, teaching hunter education, damage prevention and serving as the region’s lead in boat-accident investigations.
Kirsch is looking forward to becoming part of the Gillette community. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in northeast Wyoming and look forward to visiting with the sporting public in the coming months,” Kirsch said.