Wildlife veterans ousted

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Former Chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife Ray Petering was recently fired and several otherMike MIllerveterans of the division were let go or offered other, lesser positions within the agency in a power play by the Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Most insiders say it was in retribution for their support of a plan to raise resident fishing and hunting license fees to help fund the Division’s efforts, a strategy backed by a dozen former division chiefs and a coalition of sportsmen’s organizations. Despite the support of sportsmen, Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer opposed the plan, and those key Wildlife Division positions are now being filled with appointees, according to reports, many of whom may not be qualified to assume the responsibilities of their new roles.Miller named DOW chiefAn exception is Mike Miller, a former wildlife officer with nearly 20 years of experience, who has replaced Ray Petering as the new chief of the Division of Wildlife. Miller has 28 years with the department, the past two decades as a commissioned wildlife officer and supervisor. In addition to his time as an officer, Miller also has experience working in wildlife management and fisheries programs. Prior to taking on his most recent role as ODNR’s Boating Law Administrator, Miller was a commissioned officer and served as the chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft since 2014.Miller was presented the Shikar Safari Award for Wildlife Officer of the Year, Ohio State Grange Police Officer of the Year, Turn in a Poacher Officer of the Year and Ohio Bow Hunter Officer of the Year. Miller and his wife Paula reside in Knox County where they have spent 10 years as foster parents caring for nine children.last_img