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New state wildlife officers assigned to northwest Ohio

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  Original Published: 7/7/2014

Anthony G. Lemle, 25, of Bowling Green, Ohio and Nathan W. Kaufmann, 30, of Shelby, Ohio will be assigned as new state wildlife officers in Northwest Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Officers Lemle and Kaufmann are among 16 new wildlife officer cadets who have been undergoing extensive training and were sworn in as commissioned state wildlife officers during ceremonies July 3 in Columbus. They began their new duties the following day.

Following completion of the 17-week Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training course May 9, the cadets had eight weeks of specialized wildlife officer training by the Division of Wildlife. In addition to wildlife law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of wildlife and fisheries management, communications, outdoor education, all-terrain vehicle operation, hunter safety, and advanced firearms and self- defense topics.

As state wildlife officers, Lemle and Kaufmann will have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property and make arrests. They will also conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties and advise landowners on dealing with wildlife. Wildlife officers serve an important role as a point of contact with law enforcement and other agencies on topics of mutual interest, providing assistance and expertise.

Anthony Lemle is a graduate of Bowling Green High School in Wood County. In 2013, he received an associate degree in forest management from Hocking College.

“I couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to work in the field of natural resources and to be able to help protect Ohio’s abundant wildlife,” said Officer Lemle. “I look forward to pursuing my job duties as a state wildlife officer with a passion.”

Nathan Kaufmann is a graduate of Shelby High School in Richland County. In 2005, he received an associate degree in fish and wildlife management from Hocking College and in 2008 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in fishery and wildlife management from the University of Idaho.

“I am excited to begin my career as a wildlife officer with the Division of Wildlife,” said Officer Kaufmann. “I am looking forward to the opportunities that are ahead, as well as, the privilege of working to protect our natural resources.”

   
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