Shannon Clairmont was raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation and is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He is a Wildlife Biologist with the Tribal the Wildlife Management Program. In 1998, he started his career in wildlife management as a Wildlife Biologist Trainee, while enrolled in the Salish and Kootenai College Environmental Science Program. After transferring to the University of Montana in 2000, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology in 2002. Shannon received his professional certification from The Wildlife Society in 2015.
His major duties have been multi-faceted. Shannon recorded habitat related baseline information on Kerr Mitigation/Wildlife rehabilitation property purchases. He facilitated local school and summer program educational talks, and community awareness sessions. Fabrication of work-related equipment and heavy equipment operation were also part of his daily routine. Additionally, he began actively assisting with aerial surveys and bear management.
Though the National Bison Range Annual Funding Agreement, Shannon transferred for the 2005-2006 seasons as the Tribal Field Biologist. At the time, Shannon was in charge of several biological field surveys, which included waterfowl, migratory bird, and vegetation. He also organized annual big game count surveys that enabled University of Montana biology students to volunteer time and gain field experience.
Upon returning Tribal Wildlife Management Program as a Wildlife Biologist in 2007, he conducts aerial surveys for waterfowl and bald eagles, and/or telemetry for big game, grizzly bears, and gray wolves. He also works cooperatively with other Tribal Wildlife Management Program staff and other agency personnel in the management various species on the Reservation.