Mike Trepanier (Tripper as his fellow instructors call him) has been serving the people of Alberta since the late 1980s. Starting his career with the Fish & Wildlife Division as a Seasonal Problem Wildlife tech and advancing to a Full time Fish & Wildlife Officer. Mike left for a time and served the city of Grande Prairie as a Peace Officer before returning to the Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Branch. He is currently the Regional Problem Wildlife Specialist for the Northwest Region.

Like his colleague’s in the other 3 regions. Mike provides expertise, training and mentorship to the field officers within his region. Helping them navigate the complex human/wildlife conflicts that occur mostly with grizzly bears, cougar, black bears, wolves, and urban moose. Mike is also a Predator Response Team Leader (PRTL) that trains, mentors, and certifies candidate officers in being PRTL’s.

Mike is involved with training new officers (recruits) at WCLEA (Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy) with his fellow colleagues from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. Mike has been involved with predator attacks on humans involving grizzly bears, black bears, cougars and coyotes.

Getting to know him

Mike is an avid sheep and elk hunter (his motto- “Hunt hard or go home”) and enjoys fishing and golfing. He loves travelling with his wife Wendy (a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police-RCMP). Wendy still works for the RCMP as a civilian employee. Mike doesn’t like to admit it, but Wendy has brought some culture and refining to the northwest Alberta farm boy that she married. Mike and Wendy have three children Wyatt, Randy and Madison all three are currently in University (So! If you see Mike pan handling, now you’ll know why).

Mike 'Tripper' Tripanier