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Ruidoso man Joins NMSU Wildlife Bowl Team for Wyoming Contest

LAS CRUCES - Byron Wright, a New Mexico State University senior majoring in wildlife science, will join five other NMSU students for competition in a wildlife bowl March 9-12 at the University of Wyoming at Laramie.

Students from several Western states compete in the wildlife bowl, the highlight of The Wildlife Society's annual Western Student Wildlife Conclave that includes scientific presentations and competitions in speech, photography and art.

Wright spent the past three weeks in competition, eliminations and drilling in order to be selected to the team from NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences . He has prepared for the regional competition by finding the answers to questions such as "what is the gestation period of a white-tailed deer?"

This is Wright's first year on the NMSU team, which has earned a reputation as the team to beat. The team is coached by V.W. Howard, NMSU wildlife science professor.

The Wildlife Society's purpose is to encourage and advance all biological lines, establish and maintain the highest professional standards, improve public understanding of wildlife management and provide a common meeting ground for wildlife workers.

Wright lives in Las Cruces with his wife, Kristi, and daughters Taylor, Rachel and Holly. He will earn his bachelor's degree in May and plans to pursue his master's degree at NMSU. He is the son of Jerry and Deanna Wright
of Ruidoso.