WYOMING \u2013 Cokeville Game Warden Neil Hymas is trading in his saddle and his \u2018green truck\u2019 for his next adventure in life: retirement.\r\n\r\nKnown by his radio call number of GF-34, Hymas has dedicated his lifelong career to conserving wildlife and serving people. He says his wildlife experiences and the friends he has made, in the Department and throughout the state, have been truly gratifying.\r\n\r\nHymas began his career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in June of 1979 with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Team, trapping grizzly bears in Cody. In September, he was hired as a game warden trainee and worked in Glenrock, Kaycee and Alcova. In 1981, he was promoted to a district game warden position in Wheatland, then transferred to Cokeville in 1985.\r\n\r\nHymas was nominated for several awards in his career, including Game and Fish Employee of the Year in 1987, Game Warden of the year by the Wyoming Game Wardens Association in 1997, 2005 and 2007, and the Green River Region\u2019s Peer Recognition Award in 2010.\r\n\r\nHymas, an avid bear and lion hunter, also served as the Green River Trophy Game and Damage Coordinator and was a member of the statewide Wildlife Human Attack Response Team.\r\n\r\nWhat his peers say\r\n\r\nWhen it came to law enforcement, Hymas was persistent yet fair. He used his knowledge of wildlife in his warden district and keen interviewing skills to consistently make big cases.\r\n\r\n\u201cNeil was known by sportsmen as a game warden that would not rest until the case was solved,\u201d said Green River Regional Wildlife Supervisor Todd Graham. \u201cNeil taught several of us how to see an investigation through, from an initial report to prosecution in the courts. He was the epitome of a traditional game warden, who was knowledgeable in all aspects of the job and served as a mentor to many by sharing that knowledge with others. Throughout his career, Neil served as a role model for several people throughout the state, both within and outside the Department. His achievements will benefit Wyoming\u2019s wildlife and people long after his retirement.\u201d\r\n\r\nAccording to Green River Wildlife Management Coordinator Mark Zornes, Hymas has always been a team player who put the Departments\u2019 needs before his own.\r\n\r\n\u201cNeil\u2019s can-do attitude and work ethic was a model for all employees and reflected very positively not only on Neil, but on the Game and Fish as a whole,\u201d Zornes said. \u201cNeil has always been an extremely well-rounded district game warden and was as much a population and habitat biologist as he was a game warden. He was quick to offer good insights and projects that benefited a host of wildlife species, both game and nongame, terrestrial and aquatic. Given his long list of contributions to Wyoming\u2019s wildlife, its sportsmen and the Department, Neil Hymas rides out of here as a champion of wildlife and one heck of a game warden.\u201d\r\n\r\nHymas and his wife Betty plan on enjoying their kids and grandkids and sticking around Cokeville. Hymas says that he recognizes and appreciates the dedication of the employees that manage Wyoming\u2019s wildlife resource and hopes to spend more time in the future enjoying the fruits of their labor.