Ohio Wildlife Officer Cadets Begin Training
COLUMBUS, OH – The first day of the Ohio Wildlife Officer Training Academy is underway for the 17 cadets hired from a pool of more than 500 applicants. The cadets will complete six months of training before becoming state wildlife officers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.
Wildlife officers have statewide jurisdiction to enforce fish and game laws, investigate allegations of waterway pollution and serve warrants. They also conduct educational programs, advise landowners on dealing with wildlife and keep local conservation organizations updated on wildlife projects and regulations. They frequently work alone and can be assigned to any county in the state.
Following completion of the Ohio Peace Officers Basic Training course on May 1, the cadets will be provided with nine weeks of additional specialized training by the Division of Wildlife. In addition to wildlife law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets will receive training in areas such as wildlife and fish management, communications, public relations, administration, education, hunter safety, and special projects.
The wildlife officer cadets of 2009 are:
Brent M. Allen, 21, Toledo
Matthew D. Clark, 22, Evansville, Indiana
John T. Coffman, 22, Waynesville
Brennan M. Earick, 21, Ashland
Wesley C. Feldner, 25, Salesville
Hollie J. Fluharty, 21, Crooksville
Thomas M. Frank, 32, Marysville
Stephen G. Harvey, 30, Huron
Jason W. Keller, 21, New Bremen
Cody A. Klima, 21, Ottawa
Eric S. Lamb, 33, Wilmington
Eric M. Moore, 26, Conesville
Michael A. Ohlrich, 22, Liberty Center
Joshua L. Shields, 25, Zanesville
Adam M. Smith, 25, Lewistown
Matthew A. Teders, 24, Ottawa
Nicholas W. Turner, 21, Medina