Tom Hauge, forced out at DNR’s wildlife director after 25 years


Tom Hauge, 62, had a 37-year-career at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and now, it’s suddenly over.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

When I reached Tom Hauge by phone last Wednesday, he displayed two of his hallmark characteristics in a span of 20 seconds.

“I’ve had better days,” Hauge said. “But you know, it’s a good day, too, the beginning of a new chapter of my life.”

Hauge, 62, of Prairie du Sac, found himself in an unexpected transition last week. His 37-year career with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was suddenly over.

But he retained the honesty and optimism I’ve come to admire over the decades.

Hauge, who served as the DNR’s director of wildlife for the last 25 years, was informed Sept. 19 by division administrator Sanjay Olson that he was being reassigned in early October to a district wildlife supervisor position.

The job would be a demotion for Hauge in both authority and pay.

Rather than take it, he exercised his option to retire.

Clearly, someone didn’t want Hauge around any longer.

For more on this sudden development, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.