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Wyoming Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott announced his retirement Thursday night, according to Gov. Mark Gordon's office.

The Game and Fish Commission will present three candidates for the vacancy to Gordon, who will then appoint a replacement, said Rachel Girt, Gordon's communications director.

"It has been an honor and privilege working with the people of Wyoming for the last 34 years," Talbott said in a written statement to the Star-Tribune. "The work has been both incredibly challenging and immensely rewarding. My colleagues that work for this agency are unbelievable stewards of Wyoming’s world-class wildlife and it was a joy working shoulder-to-shoulder with them throughout my career."

Talbott was appointed to director in 2011, according to the Game and Fish Department's website. He began working with the department in 1985 and has worked as an elk feeder, game warden, wildlife investigator, regional wildlife supervisor and deputy chief of the wildlife division.

He has received numerous distinctions, including the Wyoming Game Warden’s Association Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (1990), the Shikar-Safari Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Wyoming (1991) and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director’s Award (2008).

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