New Ohio Wildlife Officer Assigned to Hancock County

Posted on January 20, 2021

FINDLAY, Ohio – Ohio Wildlife Officer Ryan Burke has been assigned to Hancock County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. A 2020 graduate of the Wildlife Officer Academy, Officer Burke has served at-large in central Ohio since September 2020.

Officer Burke graduated from Muskingum University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and criminal justice. During his down time, Officer Burke enjoys hunting, hiking, and boating.

As a wildlife officer, Burke has statewide authority to enforce wildlife regulations and protect state lands, waterways, and property. He also contributes to public safety both locally and in Ohio’s vast outdoors. Each year, Ohio’s wildlife officers speak to clubs and groups about conservation and wildlife programs, perform fish and wildlife surveys, and provide technical advice and instruction about hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related recreation.

To reach Officer Burke, call the Wildlife District Two Headquarters in Findlay at 419-424-5000. To report serious activity involving wildlife, call or text 800-POACHER (762-2437). Reports can remain anonymous.

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit to find out more.

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

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