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Thank a DNR Officer

August 18, 2015 - Larry Claypool
Wildlife officers get a bad rap sometimes. It's a tough — and thankless — job at times, but we have to give them credit once in a while. And the following report is one of those times. More than one person could have just tossed a set of keys in a lost and found box and moved on. But they didn't. This field report was recently released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. This incident was filed by Central Ohio, the Wildlife District One office: "A few days after the Independence Day festivities at Indian Lake State Park, the park office contacted State Wildlife Officer Josh Shields, assigned to Union County, about a set of keys that were placed in the lost and found. On the key chain was a goose band from a hunter-harvested goose. Officer Shields sent a picture of the goose band to wildlife management staff to try and identify the hunter who harvested the goose. Officer Shields learned that the band was placed on a goose in 1995 at Indian Lake State Park, but the hunter who harvested the goose was still a mystery. Next, Officer Shields contacted the U.S. Geological Survey Laboratory. The USGS records the hunter information after a banded migratory bird is harvested and reported by a hunter. The USGS was able to provide Officer Shields with the hunter’s name. Officer Shields contacted the hunter to inform him that his keys were turned in at the park office at Indian Lake and he could pick them up. The hunter was very thankful, and said the replacement cost of the keys would be nearly $400."


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