The director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife resigned this week for personal reasons after less than a year on the job, leaving the agency just days after shepherding its budget through the Oregon Legislature.

Virgil Moore, who came to Oregon in August from Idaho, will return to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as its new deputy director.

His resignation is effective July 12.

Mike Carrier, Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s natural resources policy adviser, announced Moore’s resignation today.

Carrier said Moore wanted to be closer to his wife, Becky, their children and grandchildren. All have remained in Idaho.

Marla Ray, chairwoman of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, said today that she will recommend the commission appoint the agency’s deputy director, Roy Elicker, as interim director when the commission meets July 12-13 in Lincoln City.

Elicker was Moore’s second in command who also was runnerup to the job during last summer’s search, was named the interim director.

— Mark Freeman