She started learning about wildlife at her grandmother’s side near Proctor on the Eastern Plains, and now Patt Dorsey’s career with Colorado Parks and Wildlife has earned her the honor of being the first woman to be named Colorado’s Wildlife Officer of the Year by Shikar-Safari Club International.
Dorsey, who has been the area wildlife manager in Durango since 2003, manages a staff of 15 for an area that encompasses Pagosa Springs to Silverton to the Four Corners.
“What I really enjoy is the variety,” she said about her job. “I never know what I’ll be doing on any given day. I might be in a meeting talking about a conservation project in the morning and out chasing bears in the afternoon.”
The Shikar-Safari Club is a worldwide hunting and wildlife-conservation organization founded in 1952. It honors one wildlife officer from each state annually.