Soil & Water Conservation District


Whether or not they want to believe it, human beings are as a part of nature and the environment as any other species. As such, humans and wildlife will inevitably interact and oftentimes this is to the detriment of wildlife.
Many people fear other species out of a lack of understanding, misinformation, or because of an isolated traumatic incident. Our role is to inform the public about various issues they may be having with their local wildlife to ensure the safety of people and animals.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife’s website is full of useful tools and information regarding hunting seasons, fishing regulations, injured or sick wildlife, nuisance wildlife, and much more! You can also purchase single or multi-year hunting and fishing licenses on the website.


Knox is fortunate to be one of 21 Ohio counties with funding from the Division of Wildlife for a Wildlife Specialist position. Working with the county wildlife officer and private lands biologist, this position is responsible for implementing the county deer damage control permits, consulting on various wildlife concerns and questions, habitat establishment recommendations, and educating the public about local wildlife and conservation.
Adult Eastern hellbenders can grow up to 2 feet long and weigh around 5 pounds. They are currently endangered in several states
Brian Hackett
Wildlife Specialist, Knox SWCD

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (740) 393-6724
Austin Levering
State Wildlife Officer, Knox County, ODW

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (614) 400-0731
Emilee Hardesty
Wildlife Management Consultant, ODW

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (614) 314-1315

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