Three Wildlife Researchers Killed in Helicopter Crash While Conducting Population Study

Three employees of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department died in a helicopter crash while conducting aerial surveys of desert bighorn sheep in West Texas on Saturday, Aug. 8th.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sent out a press release about the incident that claimed the lives of Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife Technician Brandon White, and State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar.

“No words can begin to express the depth of sadness we feel for the loss of our colleagues in this tragic accident,” said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. “These men were consummate professionals, deeply liked and highly regarded by their peers and partners alike for the immense passion, dedication, and expertise they brought to their important work in wildlife management and veterinary medicine.  Wildlife conservation in Texas lost three of its finest as they so honorably and dutifully carried out their calling to help survey, monitor, and protect the bighorns of their beloved west Texas mountains.  We will miss Dewey, Brandon, and Dr. Bob deeply and dearly.  All of us at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department send our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Stockbridge, White, and Dittmar families in the wake of this devastating tragedy and continue to pray for the health and recovery of the pilot.”

Our heats go out to the families in this trying time. Please keep these family’s in your prayers and pray for the pilots recovery.

The crash is still under investigation and we will keep you updated as more information is made known.