In 2014, Gary joined Counter Assault as Product Ambassador and Bear Education Specialist. Although he does conduct bear spray training for organizations and agencies, his focus is on bear education and avoidance to enable outdoor enthusiast to recreate safely and confidently in bear country.
A nearly 30-year veteran with the National Park Service (NPS), and recipient of the Yount Ranger of the Year Award in 2008 Gary retired in 2013 after serving as the District Ranger in Glacier National Park for 23 years. In 1989, he transferred from Yellowstone National Park where he had served as a ranger since the early 1980’s. Working in two of the “Crown Jewels” of the NPS, his duties involved managing and performing emergency operations including law enforcement, emergency medical service, search and rescue, wild land and structural firefighting as well as wildlife and resource management, visitor education, public outreach, and supervision of numerous employees and volunteers.
While stationed at two national parks with the most densely populated grizzly bear habitats in the lower 48 states, he was a leader in bear management planning and operations and experienced many diverse and, oftentimes, complicated bear encounters. At previous speaking engagements he has been introduced as the person who has likely treated more bear attack victims and investigated more bear attack incidents than anyone in the continental U.S.
Throughout his career Gary has been credited with saving several lives and received numerous awards including the highest honor, presented annually, to only one ranger in the nation. This honor – the Harry Yount Award -recognizes excellence in the art and science of the park Ranger profession on behalf of the public and other members of the Ranger profession.
Moses is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (1991), holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University (1983), and was previously certified as an EMT and scuba diver, Pro Board Structural Fire Instructor, and All Hazard Type 3 Incident Commander, Operations, and Plans Section Chief.
Gary has been married for over 25 year to Amy Vanderbilt, retired Public Affairs Officer with the National Park service. Together they enjoy world and domestic travel, hiking / trekking, kayaking, skiing, cross cultural exchange and are members of the International Ranger Federation (IRF), attending IRF World Congresses in Costa Rica, South Africa, and Scotland where they have met / befriended rangers from all over the world.