Doug Brimeyer. Photo provided by Wyoming Game & Fish Department.
(Jackson, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports some recent personnel changes in the Jackson Regional Office. Wildlife Biologist, Doug Brimeyer, has been promoted to the Wildlife Management Coordinator position, which was previously held by Scott Smith who was based in the Pinedale Game and Fish office. The coordinator position will be based out of Jackson and supervise three area wildlife and habitat biologists stationed in Jackson, Thayne and Pinedale.
Doug Brimeyer, an Iowa native, attended college at the University of Montana where he received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology in 1991. Soon after, he was hired by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as a Habitat Project Biologist in Jackson, working to improve big game winter ranges.
Doug was then promoted to a permanent wildlife biologist position, working in both Cheyenne and Newcastle before returning to Jackson in 1996. In Jackson he initiated research to evaluate moose habitat selection and movement patterns along the Togwotee highway and research on bighorn sheep evaluating herd health and migration patterns. Brimeyer also has been involved with managing the Jackson elk herd with emphasis on migratory elk in Yellowstone National Park. He was honored by the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association in 2009 and also recently received the 2013 Jackson Region Peer Recognition Award.
The Jackson wildlife biologist position vacated by Brimeyer has been filled by Aly Courtemanch. Aly has served as the Jackson Terrestrial Habitat Biologist since 2011. Courtemanch will now assume the duties of managing Jackson Hole’s high-profile big game herds as well as many other wildlife species that occur in the region.
Prior to working for Game and Fish, Aly spent four years as a master’s student in the Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming. Her thesis research examined the seasonal habitat selection and impact of winter backcountry recreation on bighorn sheep in the Teton Range.
Courtemanch grew up in central Maine and graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York in 2005 with a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies. While at St. Lawrence, she spent a semester studying abroad in Kenya, and after college, participated in a research internship in Panama. Prior to her master’s work on bighorn sheep, Courtemanch worked on a variety of wildlife-related projects in Jackson Hole for Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Game & Fish and Craighead Beringia South. She also currently serves on the board of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.
Aly Courtemanch. Photo provided by Wyoming Game & Fish Department.