Lonnie Hansen is a resource scientist with the Missouri Department of Conservation working mostly on elk and deer. He is an Illinois native and received a B.S. in zoology from Western Illinois University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Illinois in 1978. Before moving to Missouri, he was a research biologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey (1978-1987) working on squirrels and deer. He has been with the Missouri Department of Conservation for 24 years. Lonnie is primarily responsible for deer and elk research, assessing deer population status, public attitudes toward deer and deer hunting, proposing hunting regulations for deer seasons, and more recently elk.