New wildlife officer starts
COLUMBUS – State Wildlife Officer Chris Rice, of McComb, Ohio has been assigned to Licking County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Wildlife Officer Rice’s new assignment follows the promotion of former Licking County Wildlife Officer Bill Bullard.
Officer Rice is a 2004 graduate of Hocking College where he earned an associate’s degree in fish and wildlife management. He worked as a natural resource specialist at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area before attending the Wildlife Officer Academy. Prior to his new assignment, Officer Rice has been serving as the Union County Officer since 2008. He is the 2010 recipient of the Ohio Bowhunters Association’s Wildlife Officer of the Year Award.
“I look forward to working closely with the residents and local agencies of Licking County. I also encourage the public to report wildlife violations they encounter in a timely manner. They are the key to successfully protecting and preserving our natural resources here in Ohio. They can reach my voicemail at 614-644- 3925 ext. 1207 and report wildlife violations to 1-800-POACHER (762-2437).”
As a state wildlife officer, Rice will be responsible for enforcing wildlife laws on public lands as well as private lands and providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies as needed. He will also contact many Ohio sportsmen and women in the field, perform fish and wildlife surveys, advise on nuisance wildlife issues, and give presentations on wildlife management, hunter education, fisheries management, and trapper education.