Virgil Moore

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Virgil Moore, director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, announced he will retire early next year, and the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a job announcement seeking a new leader of the agency.

Commissioner Dan Blanco of Moscow said he and fellow commissioners plan to conduct a national search for a new director and to select finalists and begin interviewing candidates sometime next month.

“We are going to do a national search, and the goal is to hire the best candidate we can find,” Blanco said. “I’m looking forward to this process.”

He said Moore announced he will retire on or around Jan. 12 in a letter sent to commissioners and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Tuesday.

Moore has served as director of the department since 2011.

“It has been an honor to serve Idahoans, the governor and the Fish and Game commission as director the last eight years, and as a state employee for over 42 years,” Moore said in a Fish and Game news release. “Working together, Fish and Game and our wildlife resources are in excellent shape and ready to be handed off to new leadership.”

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