BOISE -- Gov. C.L. Butch Otter has named a new administrator to guide the state's office of species conservation and policies related to endangered species.

Otter announced Wednesday the appointment of Dustin Miller to the post. Miller had been serving as the agency's interim chief since the departure of Nate Fisher earlier this year.

Previously, Miller served as environmental liaison. He is a University of Idaho graduate and worked as the natural resource coordinator for former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho.

The agency has played a significant role in shaping Idaho's policy toward the reintroduction of wolves and is currently working on a plan to deal with sage grouse as federal officials reconsider the bird's status.

His appointment is subject to confirmation by the Idaho Senate.

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