Lusk native named district biologist

Heather Goddard/Special to the Herald Game and Fish wildlife biologist Matthew Huizenga chats with Lusk residents Pat and JoAnn Wade at a meet and greet Friday, Sept. 27. Huizenga is a 2002 graduate of Niobrara County High School and graduated from University if Wyoming. He is based out of Douglas.

DOUGLAS – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department welcomes wildlife biologist Matt Huizenga to the Douglas wildlife biologist district

Huizenga grew up in Lusk and attended Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington before graduating from the University of Wyoming with a degree in wildlife management. Following graduation, he was quickly hired by the Game and Fish. He started in Habitat and Access before becoming a biologist at the Thorne/Williams Research Center located at Sybille Canyon near Wheatland. In 2009, Huizenga was promoted to the manager of the research facility at Sybille where he worked for ten years before moving to Douglas as the wildlife biologist.

“Matt spent many years up close and personal with wildlife during his time at Sybille. He has a ton of hands-on experience that will be a great asset in the Douglas district,” says Justin Binfet, the wildlife management coordinator for the Casper region. “His love of Wyoming, wildlife and the outdoors will be great for the Douglas area and community.”

When not working, Huizenga enjoys spending his time hunting and fishing or just being outdoors. “Having my hometown as part of my wildlife district excites me. It will be great to visit areas of Wyoming I haven’t seen in a few years. I look forward to reconnecting with old areas and exploring new places around Douglas.”

Huizenga will be in charge of coordinating, collecting and analyzing wildlife population data for use in setting hunting seasons throughout the Douglas district. The Douglas biologist district includes the communities of Douglas, Lusk, Manville, Glenrock and surrounding areas. 


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