Peter David was born and raised in Green Bay, arriving the same year as Vince Lombardi. He is willing to date himself by noting he was born into a wolf-less Wisconsin. He received his bachelor and master degrees in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, before being hired as a waterfowl/wild rice biologist with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. There his education continued through the sharing of Traditional Ecological Knowledge by tribal elders. Perhaps through the work of Waynaboozhoo, (the Ojibwe trickster) along the way he also became involved in wolf stewardship issues for the Commission, an addition he has greatly appreciated.