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WSF Welcomes Newly Elected Officers

May 21, 2019

The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) Board of Directors recently convened their summer Board meeting in conjunction with the annual Chapters & Affiliates Summit, this year hosted by the Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn (FDB) in Las Vegas, NV. Among many discussions held, the WSF Board of Directors elected the new Officers. Elected were Vice Chair, Dr. Peregrine Wolff, and Secretary, Chris Barker. 

A past WSF State Statesmen Award winner, Wolff has long been dedicated to wildlife and wild sheep conservation across North America. Wolf brings an unparalleled plethora of knowledge currently serving as the veterinarian for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, past president of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, co-chair for the US Animal Health Association, and Committee on Wildlife Disease, which focuses on diseases impacting the wildlife-livestock interface. 

“I am honored to be elected to the vice-chair position, and excited to continue working for the conservation of wild sheep,” said Wolff. Gray N. Thornton, President and CEO of WSF was also happy with the recent news and added, “Peri has been a long-time advocate for wildlife conservation across the West, and truly embodies what it means to be a professional in the realm of wildlife sustainability. She has a proven track record for supporting multiple-use approaches to the landscape, and will continue to be a most valuable asset to the WSF family and mission.”

Peri’s election as Vice Chair vacated her current Officer position as Board Secretary. Chris Barker was then elected as Secretary for the WSF Board. An avid conservationist, Barker started his involvement in wildlife conservation with the Victoria Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, serving as co-chair for two years. However, his passion for wild sheep led him to the Wild Sheep Society of B.C. (WSSBC), and within two years, he was elected Treasurer and then President. Barker is a firm believer in educating the next generation on both wildlife and agricultural interests, and has recently led his chapter to become a sponsor of the local 4-H domestic sheep program, spreading awareness on the risk of contact between domestic sheep and wild sheep, while also explaining the benefits of M. ovi free domestic sheep production. During the past fair, WSSBC purchased the M. ovi free lambs, driving the sale prices to be the highest of any other lambs sold that year.

When asked about the recent election Barker noted, “From true vision and leadership we can accomplish anything; this is WSF!” Brett K. Jefferson, Chairman of the WSF Board then added, “Chris has shown us time and time again that he can achieve real results for the benefit of wild sheep, while promoting a multiple use life-style for all of the stakeholders on the landscape. His ability to work with people and find solutions is extraordinary, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him as our Secretary.”

The Chapter’s and Affiliates Summit concluded with the FDB annual banquet on Saturday night, sending everyone back home with new ideas and collaborative solutions to tackle wild sheep conservation across the West. 

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