The National Elk Refuge has introduced two recently-appointed staff members who now fill vacancies considered critical to refuge operations. Cris Dippel has been selected as the new Deputy Refuge Manager of the National Elk Refuge and reported to his new position on June 16th. Dippel replaces Paul Santavy, who moved to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Mountain–Prairie Region in December 2012. Also new to the National Elk Refuge staff is Law Enforcement Officer Bryan Yetter. He joined the refuge staff in January 2013, coming from the National Park Service. During the past few months, Yetter has been on a work detail, completing training required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Refuge Manager Steve Kallin says both of the new staff members bring with them extensive experience and a strong skill set.