Release Date: 02/06/2008

Robert Barham, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), announced today the appointment of Jimmy Anthony as assistant secretary for the Office of Wildlife.

Anthony, Wildlife Division administrator since Sept. 2007, has been with the department for over 30 years.  He received his master's degree in biology in 1979 from what was then called Northeast Louisiana University, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Anthony began his LDWF career in the Monroe area as a student worker in 1976, subsequently working as a biological aide for the Inland Fisheries Division, a wildlife specialist in the Wildlife Division on Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and wildlife management supervisor at Ouachita WMA from 1981 to 1992.

From 1992 to 2000, Anthony served as a biologist supervisor for seven WMAs coordinating wildlife restoration projects, wood duck banding operations, turkey restocking, deer management and deer herd evaluations.

In 2000, Anthony moved to LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge as biologist program manager overseeing all of the department's WMAs.  He was promoted to the assistant administrator's position in the Wildlife Division in Feb. 2007 and the administrator's position in Sept. 2007 following the retirement of David Moreland.

Anthony additionally serves as the president of the Louisiana Professional Biologists Association and is the chairman of the Federal Assistance Coordinators Work Group representing Region 4 Southeastern states.  He is also a member of the Fish and Wildlife Trust Funds Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  He teaches as an adjunct biology professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

For more information, contact LDWF Press Secretary Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.louisiana.gov.