Jason Parr, state wildlife officer assigned to Crawford County, was a finalist for the Ohio 2012 Wildlife Officer of the Year presented by Whitetails Unlimited, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. Whitetails Unlimited is a national conservation organization dedicated to the betterment of white-tailed deer.

“I am pleased that Officer Parr was selected for this award,” said Kevin Russell, ODNR Wildlife Officer Supervisor. “Officer Parr’s commitment to public outreach in Crawford County and his presence and work performance as a law enforcement officer are exceptional.”

Parr has been a wildlife officer for 12.5 years, serving Crawford County the last eight. Parr has significantly increased the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s presence within the Crawford County community, local law enforcement agencies, and court system. Parr’s investigations have led to a number of successful outcomes and convictions, many involving taking deer illegally. He has partnered with local conservation clubs to host annual youth events, and he is an active in local youth shooting sports programs.

Nominations are based on deer enforcement performance during the previous deer season. The criteria for the award includes, number of wildlife arrests, cases involving unusual circumstances related to deer, cases involving trophy bucks, professional work ethic and dedication.

Whitetails Unlimited was founded in 1982 and raises money to support its mission of conservation, education and the preservation of the hunting tradition. For information about establishing a Whitetails Unlimited chapter, call Tim Schlater at 937-403-5811 (western Ohio) or Denny Malloy at 330-507-9489 (eastern Ohio).

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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