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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Black-footed Ferret Recovery Coordinator Receives Special Achievement Award

For Immediate Release

July 29, 2014

Gober Award. Credit: USFWS
Pete Gober (center) receives a Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies 2014 Special Achievement Award from WAFWA President Carter Smith (left) and Awards Chairman Jim Douglas (right). Credit: USFWS

DENVER--Dr. Donald “Pete” Gober, Black-footed Ferret Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), received a 2014 Special Achievement award from the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) at their summer meeting in San Antonio, TX, July 22.  This award is in recognition of his outstanding service and contributions to the recovery of the black-footed ferret and conservation of the prairie ecosystem of the American West. 

In presenting this award to Dr. Gober, WAFWA continued its long tradition of recognizing exemplary leadership and achievement. “In its 45-year history of its extensive Awards Program, this is only the third time that a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee has been honored, “said WAFWA Secretary Larry Kruckenberg. “Pete now joins former Governors, non-governmental entities, businesses and WAFWA member agency leaders who have received this prestigious award.”

As the recovery coordinator, Gober worked with a wide array of federal agencies, state and county governments, Native American tribes, private citizens, landowners, and non-governmental organizations; to recover the endangered Black-footed Ferret throughout its former range in the Great Plains, mountain basins, and semi-arid grasslands of North America.

"I am pleased to have received this award,” said Gober “WAFWA members are probably the most pragmatic conservation partners that I have worked with over the past 30 years.  You can count on them to pick you up if you have a good idea...and to knock you down if it's a bad one.  Either way it's usually a win for wildlife."

Gober has worked for the Service for 27 years and is the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Coordinator stationed at the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Center in Wellington, CO.

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