047 Chris Wright – Idaho Fish and Game

Chris Wright is the Assistant Chief with the Idaho Fish and Game Department. Chris began his career in Montana and has had a colorful career involving many cases in Idaho.  Chris, Wayne, and John discuss many of the details of Chris’s biggest investigations including a case that involved 86 poached deer and a prosecution attempt that ended in political influences.  We also discuss CWD, Operation Game Thief, citizen involvement to catch poachers, and creating gene diversity in wildlife populations when necessary. 

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Assistant Chief Idaho
  • Starting in Montana
  • Father was a Fish and Game Employee
  • School to be a Science Teacher
  • An Opportunity in Idaho, External Hire
  • Let’s Take the Case from a Different Angle
  • Lateral Career Moves, Supervising People Twice His Age
  • 86 Dead Deer on Search
  • 82 of 86 Died from Bullets, Then a Warrant for the House
  • Political Issues in Prosecution
  • Frustrating Case vs Outfitter
  • Competing for Kids Time, Outdoor Solutions
  • Sports are Different Now
  • Getting Out, Creating Memories
  • Never too Late to Start Hunting Again
  • COVID Effects on Hunting and Enforcement Changes
  • Big Game Species, CWD
  • Deer Dying Along River Beds
  • Operation Game Thief and Turning in a Poacher
  • Citizens Involvement
  • Tag Prices for Non-Residents
  • License Fraud Utah and Washington
  • A Moose Population in Idaho
  • Warden’s Working Close with Biologists
  • Relocating Big Horn Sheep to Create Gene Diversity
  • Biologize
  • More Complaints About Wildlife from Non-Hunters
  • Culture Clashes
  • Apprentice Hunting License and Passport
  • Hunter Ed, Online, No Field Day, a COVID Change
  • Game Wardens are Ambassadors