Laramie, Wy – The couple that helped bring black footed ferrets from the brink of extinction was remembered today. Wildlife researchers Tom Thorne and Beth Williams died in a car accident last week. They worked in Wyoming for a combined five decades; doing advance research on brucellosis and Chronic Wasting Disease as well as working on the black footed ferret recovery project.
The current director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Terry Cleveland, worked with Thorne for more than thirty years. He says no other couple has had a bigger impact on Wyoming wildlife since Olas and Mardy Murie.
There is a memorial fund set up in honor of Williams and Thorne. It is being run through the U-W college of Agriculture.