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DNR Law Enforcement, Hunter Education Association host training at Chief Logan Lodge

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Chief Logan State Park Lodge will host 40 wildlife officers from 16 states this week for 40 hours of specialized, hunting-related shooting incident investigation training.

The Hunting Incident Academy will take place from September 16-20 at Chief Logan State Park Lodge with nine instructors from seven states. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section and the International Hunter Education Association have partnered to host the event.

According to information from the WVDNR, the academy is the only one of its kind and provides skills, knowledge, techniques and confidence to state and federal wildlife officers to investigate hunting-related incidents. The focus is on the proper collection, documentation and analysis of data following an incident.

"The academy is designed to train commissioned wildlife officers on how to properly investigate and document hunting related shooting incidents," Lt. Tim Coleman, state training officer for the WVDNR, said in a news release. "State Hunter Education administrators then review and analyze the collected data.

"What they learn is applied to classroom and media outreach efforts to aid in the prevention of hunting incidents."

Coleman said having the academy at Chief Logan State Park will provide both indoor and outdoor classrooms.

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