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Warnell School faculty member receives national award


Mike Mengak

Mike Mengak, a professor and wildlife specialist in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, recently received the Berryman Institute Professional Award for his lifetime contributions in the field of human-wildlife conflict management.

The Berryman Institute is a national organization based in the wildland resources department at Utah State University. According to the Berryman Institute, the Professional Award recognizes an individual, employed by a federal, state or private partner, for career achievement in human-wildlife conflict

The award will be presented in October during the TWS Wildlife Damage Management Working Group meeting in Reno, Nevada, part of the TWS annual conference.

Mengak’s outreach work focuses on nuisance wildlife management and human-wildlife conflict resolution. He works with county extension agents, landowners and other clients to solve urban nuisance wildlife issues such as damage related to armadillos, small mammals and white-tailed deer.