Clay Dethlefsen is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director of the Western Predator Control Association, primary office in Hamilton, Montana.
His government positions include:
Chairman of the Streamside Setback Study Committee for the Blue Ribbon Trout Stream, the Bitterroot River;
Trustee of the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement District;
Vice President and Trustee of the Tourism Business Improvement District of Ravalli County in Ravalli County;
Vice Chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the City of Hamilton.
His Previous Professional Career Positions include:
Over 23 years as a United States Army officer, serving with the Army Corps of Engineers in military and civil works capacities, including:
Planning Department research and studies in the Pacific Ocean Division, including,
A boat harbor environmental study
Contract administration and data, including collection validation for a paleontological study
Project Director for the Pacific Rim Logistics Support System Study
Also author of a book "Development, Evaluation and Validation of Paleontological Research work and studies."
Also retired chairman of the board and director of Scientific Diving and Underwater Research Corporation
Currently, Chairman and Executive Director, Western Predator Control Association:
The organization's purpose is to provide assistance to individuals, families, ranchers, and other businesses such as outfitters; federal state and local government; in investigating, controlling and/or eliminating problems brought about by large sylvanic and pastoral domain predators including wolves, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, feral dogs and hybrid dogs and wolves.
The organization's focus is not only on attacks and potential attacks, but also in infection by zoonotic canine diseases of humans, domestic pets, livestock, and wild ungulates and cervids.
Current WPCA Projects include an investigation into the process and impacts to determine why children between the ages of 2 and 5 years come down with the life threatening Hyadatid Cyst Disease (Echinococcus granulosus).
Wide-reaching current projects include an investigation of factors involved in wolf attacks, using historical, behavioral, and geographic, and many other important factors; a study of zoonotic canine disease, with general worldwide arena and special attention given to the United States and Canada; and ongoing hybrid wolf-dog evolution research.
Clay Dethlefsen completed his BS in medical services management at St. Petersburg College, and his BS in mechanical engineering, Norwich University in Northfield Vermont.
His graduate education includes an MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California; MMS from US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Levenworth, Kansas.
He testifies in a criminal case in Finland where a farmer shot wolves.