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Public comment welcome on wildlife issues at open house meetings

February 16, 2012

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife is holding open house meetings in all five districts to discuss season dates and bag limits of game species, which will include Ohio’s most popular game animal, the white-tailed deer. The meetings will be from noon to 3 p.m. March 3 and are open to the public.

“Anyone interested in providing input and participating in Ohio’s professional wildlife management process is welcome to attend,” said Scott Zody, chief of the Division of Wildlife. “Each open house location will have a fish and wildlife biologist as well as law enforcement officers available to answer questions.”

Public input gathered at these open houses will be forwarded to the division’s central office and considered during the formulation of regulations.

For more information or directions to the open houses, visit the Division of Wildlife’s website at wildohio.com or call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Open  houses will be held at the following locations:

  • Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District Four Office, 360 E. State Street, Athens, 740-589-9930
  • Central Ohio – Wildlife District One Office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, 614- 644-3925
  • Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two Office, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, 419-424-5000
  • Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District Three Office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, 330-644-2293
  • Southwest Ohio – Greene County Fish and Game Club, 1538 Union Road, Xenia, 937-372-9261

A statewide hearing on all proposed rules will be held on at 9 a.m. March 8 at the Division of Wildlife’s District One office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. This hearing is open to the public and input is permitted.

After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules during the April 4 meeting.

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

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