Professional Resource Advisory Board
Chair | Idaho
TERM EXPIRES - 2022
As a Federal wildlife biologist I worked for 33 years to restore bighorn sheep herds in Colorado, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Out of that work, I developed a deep passion for bighorn sheep conservation. For over 20 years, I served as National Bighorn Sheep biologist with the goal of helping State agencies, WSF and other National Forests in conservation and management of wild sheep. This National Bighorn Sheep program work was very complicated and politically charged with international visibility. One of my best experiences was developing and working on the Hells Canyon Bighorn Sheep Restoration Initiative for 15 years.
I joined national WSF in 1990, and have helped this organization ever since to raise funds, promote conservation, review and rate GIA projects, and give seminars. As a volunteer, I have gained a deep appreciation for the time and money all of us have given to recover wild sheep throughout the west. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Chapter for 5 years and 6 years on the Board for the Idaho Chapter. For the last 10 years, I have volunteered on the Professional Resource Advisory Board for WSF with the goal of promoting science-based wild sheep biology and management. I received the Federal Statesman Award in 1996 from WSF for my love, dedication, and commitment to wild sheep. Also, I received the Biologist Wall of Fame Award from WSF in 2010 for recognition of my dedication to wild sheep conservation and management.
My love and passion for wild sheep conservation continues. I want to continue helping WSF fulfill its mission.
Secretary | Idaho
TERM EXPIRES - 2023
Tricia Hosch-Hebdon is the current Secretary of the Wild Sheep Foundation’s Professional Resource Advisory Board and joins this group with a wealth of knowledge in wildlife disease, genetics, and wildlife management. Tricia has been involved with wild sheep and wild sheep issues, particularly wild sheep health for the past 20 years. In 1999, she started with Idaho Fish & Game (IDFG) working on the Nramp Bighorn Sheep Natural Disease Resistance project at the Wildlife Health Lab. In 2011, Tricia became the manager of the IDFG’s Wildlife Health and Forensic Laboratory which has statewide responsibilities for monitoring and assessing wildlife health and disease.
Tricia has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Science degree from the University of Wyoming. Her degrees focus on wildlife ecology, population management, conservation biology, physiology and wildlife health. Over the past 20 years, Tricia has gotten to work on a myriad of projects, including representing IDFG on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Health Committee, certifying as forensic scientist through the Society for Wildlife Forensic Sciences, training with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in rapid diagnostic testing for agents of bioterrorism, and providing training for muli-state and jurisdictional Wildlife Human Attack Response Teams.
Tricia is a Summit Life Member of the WSF, has been a board member of the Idaho FNAWS/ WSF Chapter, and has been involved with the Professional Resource Advisory Board for the past 12 years. In her other life, Tricia along with her husband are busy parenting two active teenagers and three hunting dogs. When not shuttling to and from school activities, Tricia can be found coaching the local Nampa FFA Chapter’s Environmental Natural Resource Team, working on her black belt in Martial Arts, or out and about on some hunting, fishing, or outdoor adventure with her family!
TERM EXPIRES - 2024
Over the past 30+ years, I have sought to develop my expertise and a broad understanding of our environments and our cherished natural resources. I have worked almost a decade in each of fisheries, wildlife & habitat fields, in both management and enforcement roles, across multiple jurisdictions; provided strategic advice and participated in writing scientific papers, jurisdictional regulations, policy and procedural directives; headed a not-for-profit society; and have participated in the British Columbia Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation’s Wildlife Technical Review Committee all while promoting opportunities in British Columbia and Skeena Region internationally. I am proud to also currently be a member of both the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies –Wild Sheep Working Group and co-represent British Columbia, and the Wild Sheep Foundation’s Professional Resource Advisory Board, both of which are international working and science advisory groups.
As well, I am fortunate to have a great network of relationships with a broad spectrum of resources users, advocates, conservationists, professionals, academia and First Nations. Recently through those relationships, I have been able to implement a partnered assessment of the genetic origins and current distributions of thinhorn sheep in North America; the findings of which have confirmed that BC is home to the complete global population of purebred Stone’s sheep. I am also currently working on additional reproductive, health and nutritional studies involving Stone’s sheep and assisting in establishing regulation a provincial frameworks to protect wild sheep and goats from domestic pathogens.
TERM EXPIRES - 2023
Helen is the Wildlife Veterinarian for British Columbia. She was hired by the BC government in 1992. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, followed by practice in BC in mixed animals, zoo animal practice and completed a Masters of Science in Veterinary Pathology (specialty in wildlife diseases) in 1987, with her thesis on the evaluation of health status of bighorn sheep herds in the East Kootenai region of BC. Her work with wild sheep continues but many other priorities compete with that focus. In her other life, she purchased a now 100+ year old farm in 1986 where she has a live off the land hobby, raising domestic sheep and other edibles. Fortunately, her husband is a great cook.
WAFWA Wild Sheep Working Group Chair | Nevada
TERM EXPIRES - 2022
Born and raised in South Dakota, I spent a great deal of my childhood on the prairie, river breaks, and cornfields hunting with my father and friends. I gained a strong desire to one day be a wildlife biologist to conserve and manage wildlife for future generations. I was exposed and fell in love with the intermountain west summer 1984 as a field technician out of Idaho Falls. Earned my B.S. and M.S.at South Dakota State and Iowa State Universities. Little did I know when I volunteered as an undergraduate to conduct a drop-net capture on bighorn sheep in Custer State Park that wild sheep would become my career and passion! I moved to Nevada in 1989 to conduct research in the Mojave Desert on tortoises, lizards, bats and small mammals. Then in 1993, I became a regional supervisor for Nevada Department of Wildlife and was quickly initiated into the world of bighorn sheep by my biologists, the Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn, and NBU-Reno. The passion, dedication, and energy of my colleagues and fellow sportsmen in Nevada was beyond anything I had ever experienced. In 1999, I became the statewide big game program coordinator/biologist and moved to Reno. I was one of the founding members of WAFWA’s Wild Sheep Working Group (WSWG) in 2007 led by Kevin Hurley. I have been fortunate to have reaped the rewards of Nevada’s successful bighorn restoration program by harvesting 3 bighorn sheep rams since 1996. Sharing our bighorn sheep and collaborating with other states has been one a huge joy in my career. In 2016, I felt I needed to give back to the greater good and became the WSWG chair after Clay Brewer retired. That also gave me the opportunity to be on WSF’s PRAB. My NDOW position is now focused solely on bighorn and mountain goat management. A big focus of mine is collaborating and building relationships with Nevada woolgrowers to improve separation and to continue to seek safe and sustainable bighorn restoration opportunities.