Houston Wireman, 28, of Wapakoneta, Ohio will be assigned as the new state wildlife officer in Adams County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Officer Wireman is one of 10 new wildlife officer cadets who have been undergoing extensive training and were sworn in as commissioned state wildlife officers during ceremonies on March 15 in Columbus.
Besides the Ohio Police Officer Basic Training course, the cadets had eight weeks of specialized wildlife officer training by the Division of Wildlife. In addition to wildlife law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of wildlife and fisheries management, communications, outdoor education, all-terrain vehicle operation, hunter safety, and advanced firearms and self-defense topics.
As a state wildlife officer, Wireman will have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property and make arrests. He will also conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties and advise 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.
Officer Wireman graduated from Hocking College in 2013 with an associate degree in Natural Resources Law Enforcement. Prior to the academy, Wireman served as a Natural Resources Specialist at Wolf Creek Wildlife Area and as a Natural Resources Officer with the Ohio Division of Parks and Watercraft.