Release Date: 09/11/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has named Jimmy Anthony as the next Wildlife Division administrator.  Anthony has been working with LDWF for over 30 years and will be taking the place of David Moreland, who retired on Sept. 7, 2007.

"I am very honored to have been selected to lead the Wildlife Division.  I believe that the past 30 plus years of public service in natural resource management has adequately prepared me for this challenge," said the new Wildlife Division Administrator Jimmy Anthony.  "I will continue to challenge the Wildlife Division staff for new and innovative approaches to wildlife management and public utilization of those resources."

Anthony received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation in 1977 and his Masters of Science degree in Biology in 1979 from what was then called Northeast Louisiana University, now called the University of Louisiana Monroe.

Anthony worked in the Monroe area for the first 24 years of his LDWF career.  In 1976, he started as a student worker for the Enforcement Division as a radio dispatcher. Anthony then became a biological aide for the Inland Fisheries Division in 1978.  Later in 1978, Anthony accepted his first position with the Wildlife Division as a wildlife specialist where he worked on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA). 

Anthony then became a wildlife management supervisor from 1981 to 1992 when he managed and operated Ouachita WMA.  As Ouachita WMA supervisor, Anthony planted food plots, trapped ducks and turkeys for research purposes and collected deer samples.  From 1992 to 2000, Anthony served as a biologist on seven WMAs and his work included wildlife restoration projects, wood duck box and banding operations, turkey restocking, deer management and deer herd evaluations.

In 2000, Anthony made the move to LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge as he accepted the position of biologist program manager overseeing all of Louisiana's WMAs.  In February of 2007, Anthony took on the Wildlife Division's assistant administrator position.

Anthony is currently a part of multiple wildlife oriented groups.  He is the president of the Louisiana Professional Biologist Association, the Region 4 Southeastern Coordinators representative for the Federal Aid Coordinators Working Group (FACWG) that is a subcommittee of the Wildlife Trust Funds Committee, and is the chairman of the FACWG with a full seat on the Wildlife Trust Funds Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  Anthony also teaches as an adjunct biology professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

For more information, contact Jimmy Anthony at 225-765-2349 or janthony@wlf.louisiana.gov.