"George's extensive experience as a wildlife biologist and administrator in Nevada will enable him to effectively lead the Department during this time of transition," Governor Brian Sandoval said. "George has been a public servant for more than 40 years - he is a well respected biologist, administrator and individual. I'm grateful that he has agreed to help lead the Department while we identify a permanent Director."
Tsukamoto has long experience as a wildlife biologist, serving 33 years at the Nevada Department of Wildlife and ten years for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He was Chief of the Game Division of the Nevada DOW for 13 years. Tsukamoto has a degree in Wildlife Conservation from San Jose State University and did graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno and Colorado State University. He is a founding member of the Nevada Wildlife Record Book, a Scout Master, and has been an Official Measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club since 1973. Tsukamoto lives in Sparks with his wife.
Tsukamoto, who will serve as an independent contractor, will assist in conducting a nation-wide search for a permanent director.