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FWP Welcomes New Big Hole River Fisheries Biologist to Butte

Headlines - Region 3

Thu Jan 31 00:00:00 MST 2008

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks welcomes Jim Olsen to Butte in a newly created Big Hole River fisheries management biologist position. Olsen officially started working in Butte on Jan. 7.


Olsen transferred from Absarokee where he worked as the FWP fisheries management biologist on the middle Yellowstone, Stillwater, Boulder and Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone Rivers, Rock Creek, Cooney Reservoir, and over 300 high mountain lakes in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Olsen joined FWP in 2001.


“I’m excited to work on the Big Hole River, meet new people, and learn about a new resource area,” said Olsen. “I loved working in Region 5 on the Yellowstone, but my wife and I are also thrilled about this opportunity and we wanted to be closer to family in Utah.”


Olsen’s responsibilities include the entire Big Hole River and all of its tributaries, as well as mountain lakes in the Big Hole drainage. This new position was created in late 2007 by dividing the Dillon-based fisheries management biologist’s area in half. Long-time FWP biologist Dick Oswald will continue to work in the Beaverhead and Ruby drainages.


Originally from Moab, Utah, Olsen has a B.S. from Utah State University and an M.S. from the University of Vermont, both in fish and wildlife management.


Olsen can be reached by phone at 406-533-8451 and email


When he’s not working, Olsen enjoys fly fishing, camping, hunting, and backpacking with his wife Lisa and five-year old son Zachary.