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Gary Koehler, Wildlife Research Scientist

Gary is a Wildlife Research Scientist for the WA Department of Fish & Wildlife

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Gary Koehler (kneeling, right), one of the co-creators of Project CAT, a unique student/scientist cougar research team, poses with students and the cougar they call "Lola."Image of Gary Koehler (kneeling, right), one of the co-creators of Project CAT, a unique student/scientist cougar research team, poses with students and the cougar they call "Lola."

Gary Koehler is Principle Investigator on Project CAT and has been employed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as Wildlife Research Scientist since 1994. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho and has spent the past 30 years conducting research on a variety of carnivores: including pine marten, wolverine, bobcat, lynx, cougars and American black bears in North America, to lions in Africa and tigers in China and India. He has published findings of these studies in scientific journals as well as in the popular press.

"Kids are the best ambassadors for the cougar, and Project CAT has demonstrated that." - Gary Koehler, WA State Wildlife Research Biologist

Prior to returning to his native Washington state, he spent 3 years in Kenya, where he taught and helped develop a wildlife management program at one of that country's leading universities. He has taken these experience and knowledge from his work and travels around the world to share with the students and community as part of Project CAT. He is presently principle investigator of cougar research in the Blue Mountains of SE Washington and lynx research in the northern Cascades of Washington.

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