TWS members help break barriers as women

Elk (Cervus canadensis) are one of the big game species in Washington state that wildlife managers are concerned with. Wildlife managers are gradually becoming more diverse, with more women wildlifers in the state. © Krystal Hamlin

TWS members Annemarie Prince, Melia DeVivo and Sara Hansen, were recently spotlighted in The Spokesman Review as three Washington state wildlife scientists helping pave the way for other women wildlifers. The three come from different backgrounds but share in a love for nature. Prince often fished in creeks in Florida and is now a district wildlife biologist. DeVivo learned about wildlife biology later in life and is now researching predation, disease and other issues for Washington’s big game. Hansen grew up a “Midwest farm girl” and is now a deer specialist. The women also are part of a larger movement of women assuming wildlife management positions in state and federal agencies, private companies, organizations and universities. Half the wildlife staffers in the Spokane region are women, and the trend is only increasing.

Read the article in The Spokesman Review.