Ralph Hudelson retires from WYGF
February 3, 2005
Ralph Hudelson, long-time fish biologist in Jackson, has decided to call it quits after 45 years of service for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Hudelsonís career is highlighted by contributions to high elevation lake surveys and management, dedication to maintenance of healthy habitat and native fish species, and conservation education.
"Ralph has demonstrated a career-long concern for our native fish species and their habitat, most notably the Snake River cutthroat trout during his tenure in Jackson," said Mike Stone, Fish Division Chief for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Hudelsonís significant contributions to conservation education were recently recognized by Safari Club International at their annual meeting in Reno, NV. Ralph was also recognized as the "Friend of Trout" by the Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited Chapter in 1985 for his habitat restoration work on Flat Creek within the National Elk Refuge.
Some say Ralph was most at home doing his fisheries work from atop a horse in the high elevation wilderness areas around Jackson Hole. He became known as the "Fish Division Mountain Man" for his regular work with high country lakes in the Absaroka, Gros Ventre, Wind River, Wyoming, Salt and Teton ranges.
Ralph is a Torrington, Wyoming native. He attended Goshen County Community College before earning a bachelorís degree in wildlife management from Utah State University. Ralph began his G&F service as a biologist aid in Laramie. His permanent service began as a fisheries biologist in Casper in August 1963. He transferred to Pinedale in June 1972 and to his current position in May 1977. Ralph and his wife Jeanne currently live in Jackson, Wyoming.