Cheyenne home to a new game warden

CHEYENNE – Game Warden Dillon Herman recently transferred to Cheyenne and will work alongside Cheyenne’s Senior Game Warden, Shawn Blajszczak.

Herman replaces David Ellsworth, who is now the Senior Game Warden in Wheatland.

Herman was born in Fort Collins, Colo., and moved to Cody as a child. After graduating from Cody High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and Management from the University of Wyoming in the fall of 2012. The following summer he inspected boats for the Aquatic Invasive Species program in Cody. “I am really glad I took the job inspecting boats. It opened a lot of opportunities for me,” he said. That fall he worked as a Brucellosis surveillance technician in and around elk hunt area 40 near Greybull, collecting blood and tissue samples from hunter harvested elk for disease testing.

For seven years prior to that he contracted with Park County Weed and Pest and the Shoshone National Forest, spraying weeds horseback in the backcountry to remove invasive weeds from elk and bighorn sheep habitat.

Herman completed the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in July 2014 and was stationed in Green River before being transferred to Cheyenne. His current position serves as a training ground for new game wardens. It involves overseeing the falconry program and assisting the Wildlife Division with a variety of duties. He is currently helping with the administration of the online game warden exam.

“The diversity of the game warden job really appeals to me. It’s not just law enforcement,” he said. He also enjoys the biology work and interacting with the public. “You learn something new every day in this position. There are a lot of phone calls and each one brings new questions and I have to find the answers. It’s a learning opportunity for me,” he said.

Herman and his fiancée, Alyssa, will marry in June and reside in Cheyenne.

–Wyoming Game and Fish