Wildlife Resources

The Wildlife Resources Committee is responsible for advising the SEAFWA Directors and making recommendations on issues and matters regarding wildlife resources which may affect the ability of member states to fulfill their fish and wildlife management responsibilities. The duties of the former Black Bear, Dove, Fur Resources, Farm Wildlife and Wild Turkey Committees shall be the responsibility of this Committee, including expanding activities in these areas as appropriate.  Membership on this committee should include a representative from each member state as recommended by the state Director.

Chair: Billy Dukes
Chief of Wildlife - SCDNR

P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202

T   (803) 734-3939
F   (803) 734-3691
E   DukesB@dnr.sc.gov

Keith Gauldin - AL
Brad Carner - AR
George Warthen - FL
Tina Johannsen - GA
Chris Garland - KY
Kenny Ribbeck - LA
Joe Porath - MO
Russ Walsh (Vice-Chair) - MS

Brad Howard - NC
Bill Dinkines - OK
Joe Benedict - TN
John Silovsky - TX
Cale Godfrey - VA
Sean Kelly - VI
Gary Foster - WV


The Large Carnivore Working Group (LCWG) recently went public with the BearWise website (http://bearwise.org/).  The purpose of the website is to provide a forum to communicate central messages supported by SEAFWA states regarding technical information on how to avoid and address bear issues.  The expanding black bear population in the southeast necessitates helping people learn to live with bears.  The LCWG operates as a working group of SEAFWA’s Wildlife Resources Committee.