Friday, October 28, 2005 AUGUSTA, Maine -- Lee Kantar, a biologist from Washington State, has joined the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as the Deer Specialist Biologist.
"We are pleased to have Lee join our staff," said Roland D. Martin, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. "He brings experience in big game management, and is well-versed in working with others in planning and implementing wildlife management goals."
The primary duties of the white-tailed deer specialist is updating and maintaining the department's deer assessment and management system; working with regional biologists in making deer harvest recommendations, overseeing collection of data on hunter harvested deer, winter severity and hunter effort; overseeing chronic wasting disease monitoring program; and assisting regional staff in habitat planning for deer.
For the past three and a half years, Kantar worked as a wildlife biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. As a District Wildlife Biologist, he was responsible for the management and planning of a 1.3 million acre area. In that position he oversaw management of game species such as deer, elk, bear and cougar. Before taking that position, he was the lead biologist for one of the states Wildlife Areas where he implemented a wildlife area management plan that included enhancement projects, forest management, and wildlife management plans.
Kantar, who has Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire in Wildlife Management, also has a Masters in Wildlife Science from the University of New Mexico.
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