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Tracy Davis
Tracy Davis

​​​​​​​​Fish Research Hatchery Technician


Contact Information

Phone: (970) 482-1141



  • Partial M.S., Zoology/Physiology — University of Wyoming, (coursework  & research completed) 2000

  • B.S., Zoology — Colorado State University, 1993

  • Associates, Petroleum Technology — Colorado Northwestern Community College, 1983

Current or Recent Positions

  • Fish Research Hatchery Technician III — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2014–Present

  • Captive Wildlife Health Research Technician IV — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2001-2014

  • Biological Technician — National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1996-2000

  • Research Animal Attendant — University of Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 1995-1996

Current or Recent Research Projects

Research support for the following projects: ​

  • Development of Whirling Disease Resistant Brood-stock

  • Strain Formalin Sensitivity – Hatchery Practices

  • Boreal Toad Conservation

  • Greenback Cutthroat Trout Recovery

  • Iodine Concentration Effects on Salmonid Egg Hardening

  • Fog Incubation Techniques on Greenback Cutthroat Trout Eggs

  • Energetics

  • Terrestrial Wildlife Disease

  • Chemical Immobilization Techniques

  • Fertility Control

  • Ungulate and Black Footed Ferret Nutrition

  • Testing New Technologies; transmitters, traps, etc.

Areas of Interest/Expertise

Support aquatic and terrestrial research through sound fish culture and improved, evolving animal husbandry techniques.  Collaborate with researchers, managers, and veterinarians, to provide happy healthy animals, functioning facilities, and management systems, to protect and promote the integrity of good research while meeting/exceeding animal welfare needs.

Selected Publications

Terrie M. Williams, Lisa Wolfe, Tracy Davis, Traci Kendall, Beau Richter, YiweiWang, Caleb Bryce, Gabriel Hugh Elkaim, Christopher C. Willmers.  Instantaneous energetics of puma kills reveal advantage of felid sneak attacks.  Science 346 (81):31-38. DOI: 10.1126/science.1254885

Wolfe, L. L. , M. Fisher, T. Davis, and M. W. Miller.  2014.  Efficacy of a Low- Dosage Combination of Butorphanol, Azaperone and Medetomindine (BAM) to Immobilize Rocky Mountain Elk.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50(3): 676-680

Pilon, J. L., J. C. Rhyan, L. L. Wolfe, T. R. Davis, M. P. McCollum, K. I. O'Rourke, T. R. Spraker, K. C. VerCauteren, M. W. Miller,T. Gidlewski, T. A. Nichols, L. A. Miller, and P. Nol. 2013. Immunization with a synthetic peptide vaccine fails to protect mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) from chronic wasting disease. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49:694-698.

Rhyan, J. C., M. W. Miller, T. R. Spraker, M. McCollum, P. Nol, L. L. Wolfe, T. R. Davis, L. Creekmore, & K. I. O'Rourke. 2011. Failure of fallow deer (Dama dama) to develop chronic wasting disease when exposed to a contaminated environment and infected mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 47 (3): 739-744.

Dreitz, V. J., L. A. Baeten, T. R. Davis, M. M. Riordan. 2011. Testing Radiotransmitter Attachment Techniques on Northern Bobwhite and Chukar Chicks. The Wildlife Society Bulletin 35 (4): 475-480.

Mich, P. M., L. L. Wolfe, T. M. Sirochman, M. A. Sirochman, T. R. Davis, W. R. Lance, & M. W. Miller. 2008. Evaluation of intramuscular butorphanol, azaperone, and medetomidine and nasal oxygen insufflation for the chemical immobilization of white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 39: 480-487.​

Duncan, C., J. Powers, and T.R. Davis. 2007. Abomasal and uterine adenocarcinomas with ovarian metastasis in a captive elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 19(5): 560-563.​