Tony Ross has been with the PA Game Commission (PGC) for over 22 years. He was born and raised in Mifflin County. Most of his time as a youngster was spent walking the fields and forests observing wildlife.
Tony has received three college degrees. His first was a B.S. in Business Management from Widener University in 1984. He received his second B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State University in 1987. His post-graduate degree is a Master's of Forest Resources from Penn Sate University in 1991 where his study was titled Health Profiles of Whitetailed Deer in Different Ecological Conditions. During his study, he and Dr. Jerry Storm developed the Manual for Monitoring Vegetation in Mid-Atlantic States.
Tony began his career with the Pennsylvania Game Commission as a biologist aid working on the wild turkey project. Tony co-authored two published papers with the late Jerry Wunz (PGC retired wildlife biologist) on findings during his work with turkeys. Tony was also involved with deer, upland game and pheasants while he was employed as a temporary employee. He became a full time wildlife biologist in 1994 and was promoted a year later to become one of the agency's Wildlife Impact Review Coordinators. He was there for 7 years before being promoted to Public Lands Biologist. In 2005, he was promoted to Wildlife Management Supervisor in the PGC's Northcentral region.
Tony has been photographing wildlife since high school and has had several photos published. He also enjoys doing taxidermy to preserve wildlife species for he and others to enjoy.