New Washington County wildlife officer among small group of women to star

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) – There’s a new agent in town in Washington County, and she will join a small group of women to become a Wildlife Officer in the state of Ohio.

Jade Heizer is originally from the Dayton area and is in the process of transitioning from wildlife officer status in central Ohio. She is now one of three women currently appointed as a Wildlife Conservation Officer in the state of Ohio. Heizer says she is somewhat shocked to know that she is one of the few women to hold the position, but says that she mainly focuses on learning the terrain of Southeast Ohio and on how to serve its residents.

“It’s an adventure, it’s new ground. All the hills and everything is nice. Having the Ohio River and having varying state across the river is different from working in the very center of the state, so it’s exciting, ”Heizer said.

“You see more black bears and bobcats here than in the middle of course. I feel like you can do a more traditional gamekeeper job here… a lot of deer and turkey control, even in larger quantities than in the center, so it’s just a nice change of pace.

Heizer says she has always loved animals and is getting ready for the deer hunting season. Youth gun season begins November 20 and Deer Gun Week begins November 29. Heizer says if anyone has questions regarding wildlife law and regulations, they can call 1-800-POACHER or 1-800-WILDLIFE.

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