COLUMBUS – Veteran wildlife management expert, Ray
Petering, has been named chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’
(ODNR) Division of Wildlife today. Petering assumes his new position on Monday,
“Ray’s background and experience in the field of fish and
wildlife resources, as well as his success in establishing and maintaining
partnerships to strengthen wildlife conservation, made Ray the ideal candidate
for this job,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “Under Ray’s leadership I
anticipate the Division of Wildlife will make great advancements in furthering
ODNR’s efforts to improve Ohio’s fish and wildlife management.”
Sue Howard, assistant chief of the division, has been
serving as the acting chief since the resignation of Scott Zody in early
October. Howard will resume her role as assistant chief with responsibilities
for fish and wildlife management as well as the business, federal aid and
information and education sections of the division.
As chief of the division, Petering will be responsible for
day-to-day operations, including issues related to wildlife law enforcement,
fish and wildlife research and management, promoting and establishing
regulations related to wildlife recreation including hunting, fishing, trapping
and wildlife watching, as well as the responsible management and investment of
funds generated from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and related
Petering has more than 30 years of professional fish and
wildlife experience in Ohio. He retired from the ODNR Division of Wildlife in
2011 as the acting assistant chief and executive administrator in the fish
management and research section. He has maintained involvement in the wildlife
agency as a project manager for the division authoring the State Wildlife Action
Plan as well as revising the division’s Operational Planning system.
Petering holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries
Management from The Ohio State University as well as a Master of Science Degree
in Fisheries Biology from the University of Georgia. He and his family reside
in Franklin County.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife strives to conserve and
improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and
appreciation by all.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of
our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
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