New wildlife officer assigned to Wood County

FINDLAY — State Wildlife Officer Eric VonAlmen has been assigned as the new state wildlife officer in Wood County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

He is a 2004 graduate of Columbus Grove High School in Putnam County. In 2009, he received an associate degree in wildlife management from Hocking College, and in 2012 graduated from the Wildlife Officer Academy.

VonAlmen has served as the wildlife officer in Lucas and Hancock counties.

As a state wildlife officer, he has statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property and make arrests. He also is to conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties and advise landowners on dealing with wildlife.

Wildlife officers serve as contacts with law enforcement and other agencies on topics of mutual interest, providing assistance and expertise.