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Friday, September 6, 2013

Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Resigns, Could Open Up More Deer Control Alternatives Discussion

Well, that was quick.

Today we published a story detailing the decision by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jonathan Gassett to not allow Fort Thomas to pursue other alternatives to controlling the deer population (darting with contraception, etc) without first looking at full scale hunting options. Gassett was the commissioner of the department since 2005.

While FTM did not agree with that interpretation, that may be moot at this point. 

Gassett abruptly resigned Thursday night, stating that he was going to work for a non-profit wildlife organization.

The resignation comes as his future with the agency had become progressively uncertain. Kentucky administrators were looking at his contract because Gassett did not get it approved through the state legislature, which all Governor appointed officials are required to do.

Last year, the AP reported Gassett had spent more on travel during his time as head of the Fish and Wildlife Department than the Director of Economic Development, whose sole job is jetting all across the globe to try to attract businesses to Kentucky.

So, what does this mean for Fort Thomas? Hopefully the discussion regarding other deer population alternatives can get a second look. The person now taking over for Gassett is Deputy Commissioner, Benji Kinman.

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