Apr 26, 2013 6:08 PM by MELISSA CANONE
The Acadiana Sportsmen's League recently honored Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Robert "Bob' Love for his dedication to the state's wildlife resources for over 30 years.
Love received the ASL's Emeritus Award at the league's annual banquet on April 20 in Crowley. Past recipients have included Joe Herring, Harold Schoffler, Bud Carpenter and Wesley Perry.
"Louisiana's coastal zone has to be one of the most dynamic places in the world for any biologist to work," said Love. "Considering the negative impacts from recent major hurricanes, the largest oil spill in U.S. history, followed by a serious drought year, and then a record Mississippi River flood event, it is indeed a challenging place to work. But through all those challenges over the many years I have been here, the field biologists have continued to achieve successes in alligator research, the de-listing of the brown pelican and bald eagle, and now the early stages of whooping crane re-population."
Love currently serves as LDWF's Coastal and Non-game Resources Division administrator. He began his career as a wildlife specialist in the Baton Rouge District VII office for the Wildlife Division. Early in his career he worked with many game species, nuisance wildlife species and species of special concern, including alligators.
After working on all WMA's throughout the Florida parishes, he was promoted through the biologist ranks to serve as biologist program manager for nine years, responsible for purchasing conservation lands for WMA's and refuges. He served 18 years in the Wildlife Division before serving the last 14 years in what was previously known as the Fur and Refuge Division.
As division administrator, Love oversees personnel responsible for coastal marshes on six refuges and eight Wildlife Management Areas, and the management and supervision of fur, alligator, rare, threatened and endangered species, and reptile and amphibian resources within the state. The CNR Division is currently coordinating the state's whooping crane re-population effort.
Love received his undergraduate degree in biology from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois in 1975. He received his master's degree in wildlife management in 1981 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. His master's degree thesis focused on the food habits of nutria in brackish marshes, with field work on the State Wildlife Refuge in Vermilion Parish.
Over his career, Love has been involved in wildlife groups including the Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, LSU Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries Alumni Association, The Wildlife Society, LA Professional Biologist Association and others.