CONTACT:  Eric Lobner, DNR Wildlife Management Bureau Director, 608-235-0860; Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-282-5334


MADISON – Eric Lobner has been named the new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Director of the Wildlife Management program.

Lobner has a strong understanding of how important wildlife resources are to hunters, trappers and the rest of Wisconsin’s citizens. He knows the key to success is to expand the opportunities to collaborate with our external partners and recommit to what we collectively need to successfully manage wildlife populations and the habitat necessary for their survival across the state.

“I am excited to take on this leadership role and continue to move the wildlife management bureau forward while working closely with our great partners and stakeholders,” said Lobner.

Lobner was born and raised in central Wisconsin and comes from a family where hunting, fishing and wildlife appreciation are second nature. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology and wildlife management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Lobner previously worked in a number of positions within the wildlife management program, including as a technician at various wildlife areas, wildlife biologist out of the Horicon office and as a District supervisor for the Southern District in Fitchburg. He is stationed in Madison and can be contacted at 608-235-0860 or via email at

To learn more about Wisconsin’s Wildlife Program please visit and search keyword “wildlife” for an overview of what the DNR does to conserve and protect our wildlife populations and habitats; or search keywords “wildlife areas” for links to all the state wildlife areas and other state-managed lands.

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