Wildlife Human Incident Training | Wildlife Human Attack Response Training
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As of 2017, Todd has been with the Government of Alberta for 30 years. His current position is the Regional Problem Wildlife Specialist in Central Alberta, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch, Justice and Solicitor General.
From Todd's perspective:
My position has me managing the problem wildlife within 17 unique and distinct districts with most of the issues dealing with Grizzly bears, Black bears, Cougars and Wolves. In Alberta, we have a specialized team of officers called "Predator Response team leaders" or "PRTLs". One of my responsibilities is working with, training and certifying officers into this elite team. These PRTLs are called into investigate the scene, interview witnesses/victims, and capture offending animals. I am also involved in training at WCLEA (western conservation law enforcement academy) for new officers in western Canada.
I have been involved in fatal and injurious predator attacks involving grizzlies, blacks, cougars and other predators. Over the course of my career, I have developed a passion towards grizzly bears. Like many jurisdictions, these investigations usually fall into the hands of the game warden because we are the subject experts. These can be short investigations or investigations that last years based on fatality inquiries. No matter the circumstances professionalism, thoroughness, knowledge and safety are key importance. We can train for events... but not until they occur and we test ourselves do we really begin to build our skills.
Away from work, I have a passion for photography. I mix my passion for the outdoors with it to I hope bring a taste of nature to viewers. I am never far from my camera. I have been the Treasurer for the Alberta Game Warden Association, and the Western Canadian Game Warden Magazine of the last 20 years. I have a son, Ryan and a daughter, Julie. My son is presently in college studying to become a Fish and Wildlife Officer. Bio’s are difficult to write about one’s self so hit me up at the conference! I like to talk so come bend my ear. ...maybe I’ll do my impression of Kevin Van Damme…the CO, not the fisherman. I look forward to sharing experiences, learning new things and meeting new and old acquaintances.
In addition to his extensive history in wildlife response, he is an amazing photographer and provided most of the images that are used within the WHIT | WHART site. You can see more of Todd's photographic expertise showcased on his personal Photography site.