The 29th Ohio Wildlife Officer Cadet Training Academy began on Monday, August 13 for 11 cadets who were hired from a pool of more than 550 applicants.
The state wildlife officer cadets are Ethan Bingham of Wauseon, Michele Butler of Sandusky, Nathan Cass of Galion, Levi Farley of Antwerp, Evan Huegel of Westfield Center, Antoinette Joliff of Cardington, Matthew Madgar of Cuyahoga Falls, Ryan Pawlus of Mantua, John Sisson of Pomeroy, Brock Williamson of Bucyrus and Houston Wireman of Wapakoneta.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources(ODNR), the cadets will complete more than six months of training before becoming state wildlife officers.
State wildlife officers have statewide authority to enforce wildlife regulations and protect state lands, waterways and property. As state law enforcement officers, they contribute to public safety both in their local areas and in Ohio’s vast outdoors.
Each year, Ohio’s state wildlife officers speak to hundreds of clubs and groups about conservation and wildlife programs; perform fish and wildlife surveys and provide technical advice about hunting, fishing and other outdoor related recreation.
Cadets who require state law enforcement certification will complete approximately 23 weeks of Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training and then all cadets will receive an additional eight weeks of specialized training by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Training includes law enforcement procedures and agency policis, wildlife and fisheries management, communications, ATV operations, hunter safety, advanced firearms and self-defense topics.
The cadets will graduate in March 2019.
For more information on how to become a state wildlife officer, visit wildohio.gov