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1 History of Wildlife Conservation in Ohio Jason T. Warren State Wildlife Officer Assigned to Ashtabula County

2 Objectives Loss of Wildlife Recovery Success Story's Human Wildlife Conflicts

3 Early 18 th & 19 th century Wildlife was vanishing and in trouble – Habitat Loss 1900 Ohio was ~ 10% Forested Today over 30% Forested Lost around 90% of our wetlands – Market Hunting Food Clothing – No Laws Protecting Wildlife

4 First “Conservationists” Recreational Hunters – New York Sportsmen’s Club – Boone and Crocket Club Theodore Roosevelt – Preserved ~ 230 Million Acres of Public Land “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

5 Wildlife Laws First Game Wardens – Maine – 1850 States Began Passing Laws Protecting Wildlife Lacy Act – 1900 Migratory Bird Treaty Act – 1918 Ohio Fish Commission -1874

6 Wildlife Laws Wildlife Officers Licensing Bag Limits Season Dates

7 Wildlife Fund Ohio Division of Wildlife is almost solely funded by………… – Hunting and fishing license sales – Pittman Roberson funding – Dingell Johnson funding

8 Funding First Hunting License Law 1895 – North Dakota 1937 – Pittman Robertson Act Tax on hunting equipment and firearms Ohio has received more than $85 Million in funding 1950 Dingell Johnson Act Tax on fishing equipment Ohio has received more that $81 Million in funding 1934 Duck Stamp Act $800 Million Raised 6 Million Acres of Wetland Preserved

9 White Tailed Deer 1943 Deer Harvest Deer Harvest- – 191,000

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11 River Otters Reintroduced in 1986 into Grand River watershed

12 Sandhill Crane ~ 25 Nesting Pairs Produced 27 Colts last year Wetland Dependent

13 Black Bear By 1850 gone from Ohio ~ 6 living in Ashtabula County

14 Bald Eagle 4 breeding pairs in 1979 In 2012 an estimated 213 pairs of Bald Eagles produced an estimated 321 young Bald Eagles are no longer listed as a State or Federal Threatened or Endangered Species

15 Eastern Massasagua

16 Coyote Western US / Canada First Ohio Record 1919

17 Human Wildlife Conflicts Zoonotic Diseases – A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be passed between animals and humans. Rabies Hantavirus Collisions – Air strikes – US Airways Flight 1549 – Deer vs. Vehicle = 200 lives lost / 1.1 billion in property damage

18 Human Wildlife Conflicts Crop Damage $ 4.5 Billion Annually 80% of farmers report damage by wildlife Urban Wildlife


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