Roger Coup joined the Game Commission in March 2005 as Wildlife Management Supervisor (Regional Biologist) for the Northwest Region. His responsibilities in the Region include overseeing distribution and completion of annual wildlife population and habitat surveys, coordinating annual chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling of hunter harvested deer, distributing yearly bear check supplies and assisting with bear check station operations, assisting with waterfowl banding activities, coordinating turkey trapping and banding activities for the current turkey banding study, and assisting with annual bald eagle nest monitoring. Additionally, Roger reviews applications for the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and visits DMAP applicants. Roger has also spoken to public and sportsmen groups on various topics, including coyotes, fisher population status in PA, and black bears.
Prior to joining the Game Commission, Roger worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service from 2000-2005 as a Wildlife Habitat Specialist administering the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) in southeast and south-central PA. Roger met with landowners to examine their properties and discuss management goals, and then developed management plans to install various wildlife habitat practices on their land. In between attending school, he also worked seasonally for several state agencies, including PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Department of Agriculture.
In 1980 Roger received an A.S. degree in Wildlife Technology from the Penn State Dubois Campus, where he graduated with distinction, and in 1983 an A.S. degree in Forestry Technology from the Penn State Mont Alto Campus. In 1987 Roger graduated cum laude from Bloomsburg University of PA with a B.S. degree in Biology. At Bloomsburg University he worked part time for the Biology Department and was named Outstanding Biology Student in his senior year. In 1996 Roger received an M.S. degree in Natural Resources: Wildlife from the University of New Hampshire. His Master’s research involved winter energetics of wild turkeys.
Roger is active in the National and PA Chapters of The Wildlife Society. He has served in various positions on the Executive Board of the PA Chapter, including Chapter President.
Roger grew up around the outdoors, spending every possible moment at the family cabin in central Pennsylvania. He continues to spend as much time as possible outdoors; his favorite non-work pursuits are hunting and hiking.