Ohio Division of Wildlife introducing K-9 program

Ohio Wildlife Introducing K9 Program

Ohio Division of Wildlife introducing K-9 program

State officials say Ohio’s Division of Wildlife is joining more than 20 states in adopting a wildlife K-9 program. The program will be in line with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy standards for law enforcement K-9s in Ohio.

COLUMBUS >> State officials say Ohio’s Division of Wildlife is joining more than 20 states in adopting a wildlife K-9 program.

One wildlife officer from each of Ohio’s five wildlife districts will become handlers of K-9s in the program. The dogs are trained to detect hidden wild game and other non-game scents like ginseng and gun powder. They will also have the ability to track people and can be used to find lost hunters and people hunting without permission.

Three K-9s and their wildlife officer handlers will begin a 10-week training academy starting next week. The program will be in line with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy standards for law enforcement K-9s in Ohio.

Wildlife officials say the K-9s also will be socialized to participate in conservation programs and youth events.

Originally posted on January 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM EST By The Associated Press, posted at The Morning Journal News
Image courtesy Morning Journal file.

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