A walk on the wild side

Name: Wes Delks

Major: Wildlife management

Hometown: Born in Logansport, Ind., but has spent most of his life in Rossville. Graduate of Rossville High School.

Why Purdue? Wes's father, Barry, is an alumnus of the Purdue College of Agriculture and is a long-time staff member in the Department of Animal Sciences. He is coordinator of career and alumni services. His mom, Kim, is also a Purdue grad. "Purdue by far was the best choice for me for my interest in wildlife," Wes said.

Wild about animals: His father's interest in animals certainly influenced his own interest in wildlife, Wes said. "My family was always into fishing and wildlife. I like to work with wildlife because I want to improve their way of life. My dad has been very influential in that he loves doing what he does. I want to be that passionate about what I do."

Keeping busy: Wes ran cross-country in high school and enjoys running road races a few times a year (he ran the Indianapolis Mini Marathon in May). Over the summer, he worked for Jacobson's Deer Farm, Wagoner Farms in Clinton County, and collected data on raccoons and opossums at Lake Mississinewa.

Future plans: Wes is especially interested in deer and would like to become a deer biologist.

In his spare time: When he's not working with wildlife, Wes enjoys listening to music by Josh Turner, Brad Paisley and George Strait and watching hunting videos. His favorite movie is Hoosiers.

By Kim Delker