PRATT – On February 6, 2019, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Fisheries Division staff were given the tragic news that their coworker Andrew Schaefer had been found deceased in his home from unknown causes.
To many Kansas anglers, Andrew was known as the Cheney District fisheries biologist. To his colleagues, Andrew was known as a bright biologist who had a passion for fisheries management and the great outdoors – a young man taken entirely too soon.
“Andrew’s family is at the forefront of our minds right now as they navigate this impossible and heartbreaking situation,” said Brad Loveless, KDWPT Secretary. “I know I can speak for the entire KDWPT family when I say Andrew’s contributions to the Kansas conservation community will not be forgotten.”
Andrew came to KDWPT in the fall of 2016 where he took over fisheries duties in Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Reno and Sedgwick counties. In an introduction letter he wrote for his first district Fisheries newsletter, Andrew shared with readers his love of waterfowl and upland bird hunting – and of course, fishing.
KDWPT staff will establish a memorial in Andrew’s honor.