Paulding County Wildlife Officer Duane Bailey has retired after 32½ years of service to the people of the State of Ohio according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Bailey started working for the ODNR in 1980 with the Division of Wildlife as a Wildlife Conservation Aid at Resthaven Wildlife Area. In June 1981, Baily entered the Game Protector Academy. In November 1981 Baily was assigned to Paulding County, where he served as the county wildlife officer until May 31, 2012.

“Duane has been a tremendous asset for the Division of Wildlife. Not only has his knowledge and experience been instrumental for newer officers, but his involvement in the Paulding County community has been significant,” said Bob Radcliff, Bailey’s supervisor. “Duane has contributed articles to local papers and has been active in hunter education and local sportsmen’s clubs, in addition to enforcing the local wildlife laws. He will be sorely missed.”

Wildlife officers from neighboring counties will be covering the county until a replacement has been assigned. Residents of Paulding County should call and leave a message at: (419) 429-8390 with any wildlife related concerns. If there is an emergency, residents should contact their local sheriff’s department.

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