Former Enterprise ODFW worker called ‘remarkable’

By Observer Upload October 24, 2012 01:52 pm

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife lost a high-impact personality Saturday night when wildlife biologist Crystal Strobl, 35, died in a motorcycle accident near Redmond.

“She had a remarkable presence,” said ODFW spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy. “If you met her, you couldn’t forget her. She was something else.”

The ODFW wildlife biologist and Prineville resident was eastbound on U.S. Highway 126 near Redmond on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle Saturday evening when the accident occurred.

According to police, Strobl traveling with two other bikers at about 7:20 p.m. when she struck the rear tire of the motorcycle in front of her as it slowed down for traffic. Strobl fell off her motorcycle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Originally from Wisconsin, Strobl had worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2002. She had been working in the Prineville field office for the past three years, and before that had worked in Enterprise as a wildlife technician.