The DNR has named its Park Rapids acting area wildlife supervisor, Erik Thorson, as interim leader of the agency’s while-tailed deer and other big game programs.

Thorson begins his duties Nov. 15.

The big game program leader oversees deer and elk populations and harvest seasons, and interacts with stakeholders to address the expectations of a diverse public.

Thorson has been a member of the DNR’s deer management committee since 2005.

“Eric will be a valuable asset to the big game program given his experience managing deer, his membership on the deer committee and the knowledge gained from his work with DNR,” said Paul Telander, DNR wildlife section chief.

Thorson joined the DNR  in 2001 as a private lands specialist. He served as Park Rapids assistant area wildlife manager from 2001-2006 and regional forest wildlife coordinator from 2006-2014. He has been acting Park Rapids area wildlife supervisor since March 2014.

Thorson also temporarily filled the big game post from February to June 2012.