Gary G. Mowad

Gary G. Mowad, Associate

Gary Mowad

Before retiring from federal service, Gary Mowad had a distinguished career as a criminal investigator, biologist and natural resource aircraft pilot with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). An expert in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Mr. Mowad trained every USFWS Special Agent Basic Class in the ESA for 12 years and routinely taught classes on the law before USFWS biologists throughout the country. He developed and wrote the ESA protocols and policy utilized in determining if a violation of the ESA occurred when habitat is modified. He is an expert in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and helped develop Eagle Act regulations, which can have a major impact on wind power, energy development, and urban expansion.

Mr. Mowad’s expertise includes development of enforcement cases involving wildlife mortality linked to environmental contaminants such as pesticides and oil spills. Mr. Mowad investigated the impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on wildlife mortality, one of the few USFWS Special Agents to do so. Mr. Mowad’s high profile law enforcement casework has been featured in national media outlets.

After serving as a Senior Special Agent at USFWS Headquarters Mr. Mowad served as the Special Agent in Charge for the USFWS Mountain-Prairie Region in Denver, Colo. and, later, Deputy Chief for the USFWS’s national law enforcement program. As Deputy Chief, he supervised the USFWS law enforcement program in all 50 states and U.S. territories. He directly supervised the Branch of Training, the National Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, the Undercover Investigations Unit, the Computer Forensics Unit, and the National Evidence Repository. Mr. Mowad represented the USFWS with other federal bureau heads, met with members of Congress, testified before congressional committees and coordinated law enforcement efforts with other agencies.

Mr. Mowad completed his career as the Texas State Administrator for the USFWS Ecological Service’s Division where he supervised USFWS biologists throughout Texas. In this capacity Mr. Mowad supervised the listing process for species proposed for listing as endangered or threatened, the recovery of listed species, and the establishment of conservation banks.

Senior Executive Fellow,
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Masters of Science Degree,
University of Texas at El Paso, Major – Zoology
Bachelor of Science Degree,
Stephen F. Austin State University, Major – Biology/Geology

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