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Refuge Manager Resigns for New FWS Role
A Bethel man has been appointed assistant regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
BETHEL- A Bethel man has been appointed assistant regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Gene Peltola Jr. will head the subsistence program at the Office of Subsistence Management.
Peltola resigned as manager of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, the second-largest wildlife refuge in the country, to take the new post. He also must resign as Bethel's vice mayor on the Bethel City Council. He told the council his last day will be Aug. 13.
Peltola, who is Yup'ik and was born and raised in Bethel, says subsistence is near and dear to his heart.
He says there are many subsistence issues that need to be addressed, including poor salmon runs across the state. He says he believes conservation is part of the solution.