Green River Valley Cowbelles honor G&F biologist Zach Turnbull

SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO – When ranchers in the Upper Green River Valley notice a cow down due to suspected depredation by a grizzly or wolf, their first call is to Pinedale large carnivore biologist Zach Turnbull. And more often than not, Turnbull responds quickly.

Turnbull inspects cattle depredation by grizzly or wolf. (WGFD)

In recognition of his dedication, Turnbull was recently honored by the Green River Valley Cowbelles/Cattlewomen with their 2019 Friend of Agriculture award.

“Zach is wonderful to work with because he is so knowledgeable and hardworking,” said Jonita Sommers, member of the Green River Valley Cowbelles. “He is very dedicated to his job. It doesn’t matter when or how many times a day you call him, he comes in a timely manner. He wants what is best for the bear and the cattle.”

Wyoming State Representative and member of the Green River Valley Cattlemen, Albert Sommers commented upon hearing of Turnbull’s nomination for the award, “Good choice. Dedicated. He works 7 days a week and 20 hours a day at times. He is extremely dedicated.”

Turnbull often helps with relocation of a grizzly that has been killing cattle. (WGFD)

Bondurant rancher Kevin Campbell added, “I was pleased to learn that Zach had been chosen as this year’s Friend of Agriculture. Very deserving. Over the past several years I have worked with Zach a bunch dealing with the wolf predations we have had in our cattle. I have felt real fortunate to have him to work with. He is an expert and very professional at what he does, plus very dedicated and hardworking. Blessed with more common sense than most people. Zach is a true asset and friend to the ranchers of Sublette County. He cares.”

Wyoming Game and Fish Large Carnivore Supervisor Dan Thompson was pleased with the honor bestowed on Turnbull.

“Zach possesses the rare trait of common sensibility, amazing field skills, and the knowledge and expertise to be considered an expert in the field of large carnivore ecology, conservation and management,” Thompson said. “Zach has received multiple forms of recognition from the public, agency employees, commissioners and all walks of life while working for the Wyoming Game and Fish.”

Turnbull has also been recognized with the 2015 Peer Recognition Award for the Game and Fish Pinedale Region and 2012 Team of the Year award for the Game & Fish’s Large Carnivore Section. Zach began his Game and Fish career as the Pinedale Large Carnivore Biologist in December of 2005.

Turnbull checks in on a grizzly suspected of killing cows in the Upper Green. (WGFD)

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