Dr. Peregrine Wolff, DVM, veterinarian for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), was awarded the State Statesman award by the Wild Sheep Foundation at its annual convention and sporting expo (Sheep Show) in January.
The Wild Sheep Foundation and the Fraternity of Desert Bighorn recognized Wolff as the 2017 State Statesman for her exceptional and selfless efforts serving the wild sheep of Nevada, the wildlife conservation community and for her work towards the conservation and enhancement of wild sheep throughout North America.
"I am humbled to receive this award. I was just doing my job," said Wolff. "There are so many amazing wildlife professionals within NDOW and across the western states that are working every day for wild sheep. I am honored to be a part of Nevada’s bighorn conservation program, it is the best in the West at not only putting sheep back on the mountain but more importantly, keeping them there."
Wolff brings an impressive amount of experience with her to Nevada. Her long list of jobs includes time as the wildlife veterinarian for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the director of veterinary services and animal health at Walt Disney World in Orlando and the director of biological programs at the Minnesota Zoo. She currently serves as the President of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians.
"I can guarantee you that she didn’t spend countless hours in the field and in a lab to win awards or accolades. She did it because of her passion for wildlife. It’s that same passion that is represented throughout this Department and what allows us to be successful in our mission," said Tony Wasley, director for NDOW. ""This is an honor not only for Dr. Wolff, but for the Department as a whole."
The award is given annually by the Wild Sheep Foundation to recognize a government official for outstanding contributions to wild sheep.
She is a member of the Wild Sheep Foundation’s Conservation Committee and contributed to the preparation of the Wild Sheep Foundation’s North American Conservation Vision 2020 guiding document. She also provided valuable professional support to explain how wild sheep are susceptible to disease.
"Bighorn sheep are one of Nevada’s treasures and it is so rewarding to be part of this effort so everyone can enjoy these magnificent animals," said Wolff.
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