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COLUMBUS, OH – Tyler W. Eldred, 30, of Blanchard, Michigan will be assigned as a new state wildlife officer in Morrow County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Officer Eldred is one of 16 new wildlife officer cadets who have been undergoing extensive training and were sworn in as commissioned state wildlife officers during July 3rd ceremonies in Columbus. He will begin his new duties the following day.

Following completion of the 17-week Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training course May 9th, 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, ATV operation, hunter safety, and advanced firearms and self-defense topics.

As a state wildlife officer, Eldred will have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property, and make arrests. He 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.

Eldred is a 2002 graduate of Montabella High School. In 2012, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a concentration on wildlife biology and management from Michigan State University.

Eldred stated, “I am excited to be working for ODNR and am honored to be serving the citizens of Ohio while protecting the state’s various natural resources”.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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