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Elk, Deer Researcher Joins NMSU's Fishery and Wildlife

LAS CRUCES -- Louis Bender has joined the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at New Mexico State University as an assistant unit leader.


Bender, who also serves an adjunct assistant professor in the fishery and wildlife science department, teaches courses in applied large mammal management at NMSU. His research will focus on elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep. Bender expects to travel extensively throughout Southwest and parts of Mexico for his research.

"The environment and resources at New Mexico State are excellent," he said. Prior to joining NMSU in November, Bender served as both a deer and elk specialist and area wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Earlier in his career, he served as a deer research biologist with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife. A native of Illinois, he received a doctorate in fisheries and wildlife biology in 1992 from Michigan State University. Bender's dissertation was on the ecology of Michigan elk. He received his master's degree from Michigan State in 1990 and his undergraduate degree in wildlife biology in 1985 from the University of Montana.