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Wyoming Game and Fish Department to honor scientists

Wyoming Game and Fish Department to honor scientists

Associated Press

CASPER - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is working on a memorial to husband-and-wife wildlife biologists killed in a crash Dec. 29 in northern Colorado.

Details are to be discussed at the Game and Fish Commission meeting in Casper on Friday.

"We're going to present a couple of different options to the commission on some of the ideas we've had for an appropriate memorial for those two," said Eric Keszler, assistant chief of the department's services division.

Beth Williams and Tom Thorne were well-known wildlife disease researchers.

Thorne joined the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as a wildlife veterinarian in 1968, and rose through the ranks to become acting director of the department from May 2002 until his retirement in March 2003. He served the department as a consultant on wildlife diseases after his retirement.

Williams was a professor of veterinary science at the University of Wyoming for 21 years. Her research as a graduate student at Colorado State University determined that health problems in deer were caused by what is now known as chronic wasting disease.

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