COLUMBUS — State Wildlife Officer Austin Levering has recently been assigned as the new state wildlife officer in Knox County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Officer Levering is a 2008 graduate of River Valley High School in Marion County. In 2013, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Akron. Prior to the academy, Officer Levering was a seasonal creel clerk at Atwood and Delaware Lake. He also volunteered at the Cleveland Metroparks where he conducted radio-telemetry studies on white-tailed deer fawns. Levering has been the State Wildlife Officer assigned to Mercer County since 2015.
As a state wildlife officer, Levering has statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property, and make arrests. He also conducts educational programs, performs fish and wildlife management duties, and advises 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.