Jeremy Banfield is the elk biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer and Elk Section in the Game Management Division, Bureau of Wildlife Management. Hired in May 2013, his primary responsibilities include population analyses, research and management of elk in Pennsylvania.
Before joining the Game Commission, Jeremy worked as a wildlife biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. While there, he compiled annual furbearer harvest data, operated hunter check stations, and conducted aerial surveys for elk, pronghorn and mule deer.
Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. While attending MSU, Jeremy worked as a Biological Science Technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in East Lansing, MI. Graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2009, Jeremy went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Ecology from the University of Alberta. His master's research focused on mountain lion predation behaviors and response to roads in south-western Alberta.
Prior to attending college, Jeremy served four years as a machinery technician in the U.S. Coast Guard repairing diesel and outboard engines and performing search and rescue and maritime law enforcement.
Jeremy is an author and co-author of several wildlife related articles and reports. He is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, The Wildlife Society, the North American Hunting Club and the National Trappers Association.
A native of western New York, Jeremy grew up working on a farm and is an avid trapper, hunter and outdoorsman. He especially enjoys mink and beaver trapping, and deer, turkey and predator hunting. Jeremy, his wife Heather, and son Sawyer currently live outside Dubois.