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Gary G. Mowad

     Deputy Chief United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Retired)

Before retiring from federal service, Gary Mowad had a distinguished career as a criminal investigator, biologist and natural resource pilot with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Mr. Mowad served as a Special Agent in Alaska, Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, and the Washington DC headquarters office. Within the USFWS he is considered an expert on the Endangered Species Act (ESA). During his career, he taught the ESA to every USFWS Special Agent Basic Class for the 12 years preceding his retirement and continued to teach the ESA to USFWS Refuge Officer Classes after retirement. He also routinely taught ESA Section 9 prohibitions to USFWS biologists throughout the country.  In fact, Mr. Mowad developed and wrote the ESA Section 9 “take” protocols and policy now used nationwide by both USFWS biologists and Special Agents working on cases involving take through habitat modification. Mr. Mowad’s expertise also included development of enforcement cases involving wildlife mortality linked to environmental contaminants such as pesticides and oil spills. Mr. Mowad was one of the few USFWS Special Agents who investigated wildlife mortality caused by the wreck of the Exxon Valdez. Mr. Mowad is also an expert on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and has taught the statute and implementing regulations to many groups throughout the country including several Department of Defense facilities. He further worked on the development of the Eagle Act regulations which can have a major impact on wind power, energy development, and urban expansion

Mr. Mowad’s high profile law enforcement case work has been featured in publications such as: National Geographic magazine, Audubon Society magazine, Newsweek magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the London Sunday News, the Rocky Mountain News, and many more. Mr. Mowad was featured on two segments of the nationally syndicated television program Wildlife Game Warden Journals, and represented the USFWS on an audio segment airing on National Public Radio.

After serving as a Senior Special Agent in the USFWS Headquarters Office where he developed policy and coordinated with Interpol and foreign governments, Mr. Mowad served as the Special Agent in Charge for the USFWS Mountain-Prairie Region in Denver, Colorado. After this position, Mr. Mowad was selected to serve as the Deputy Chief for the USFWS’s national law enforcement program. As Deputy Chief for the USFWS law enforcement program he supervised the USFWS law enforcement program in all 50 states and U.S. territories. He directly supervised the Branch of Training, the National Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, the Undercover Investigations Unit, the Computer Forensics Unit, and the National Evidence Repository. Mr. Mowad represented the USFWS with other federal bureau heads, met with Congressional members on complex and controversial issues, and coordinated with the leaders of state and tribal wildlife law enforcement programs. Mr. Mowad gave testimony before Congress including both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Committees.

Mr. Mowad completed his career as the Texas State Administrator for the USFWS Ecological Service’s Division where he supervised USFWS biologists throughout Texas. In this capacity Mr. Mowad supervised the listing process for species proposed for listing as endangered or threatened, the recovery of listed species, and the establishment of conservation banks



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