Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 9, 2018

District 4 — Woodruff area

Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, investigated a citizen complaint in January of a foot-hold trap and coyote that were removed from the trap site without the trapper’s/owner’s permission. Warden Jung located the suspect, along with the trap and coyote pelt. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Jim Jung and Stan Lewis responded to an injury snowmobile crash near Minocqua. A female operator was found lying in the middle of Hwy. 51 by an off-duty first responder and a male operator was attempting to remove her snowmobile from the side of the highway. The wardens determined that both were intoxicated so they were subsequently arrested for operating under the influence. The female sustained minor injuries after losing control of her snowmobile while attempting to cross the highway.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

Warden Josh Litvinoff, of Schofield, responded to a citizen complaint in January of an individual chasing and harassing a black bear on his snowmobile. Litvinoff was able to confirm that the individual did chase a bear off his property with his snowmobile. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Bryan Lockman, of Stevens Point, responded to a citizen complaint in January about a short walleye being kept on the Wisconsin River. Lockman contacted a group of fishermen and located three short walleyes that they attempted to conceal near their vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Erika Taylor, of Marshfield, contacted a group of coyote hunters and checked for loaded firearms in the vehicle and hunting licenses. While approaching the vehicle, Taylor observed an individual unloading a rifle inside the vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Taylor responded to a 2,500-gallon spill of liquid fertilizer in January. The Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection was brought in as a partner to create a plan to clean up the spill.

Warden Taylor responded to Big Eau Pleine Flowage in January where an individual was impersonating a warden by asking to check anglers’ fishing licenses and their fish. The individual was contacted and enforcement action was taken.

District 8 — La Crosse area

Warden Edward McCann, of La Crosse, investigated a complaint in January of an individual who shot a fox in a cemetery within the city limits, just south of the DNR office building. The investigation showed the complaint was accurate and suspects were contacted. Enforcement action was taken by the DNR and the La Crosse Police Department.

Warden Meghan Jensen, of Trempealeau, received a report from a trapper who had incidentally caught a bobcat in a cable restraint on his property. Jensen responded to assist the trapper in safely removing the bobcat from the restraint. Planning and teamwork between Jensen and the trapper allowed for a successful release of the unharmed bobcat.

Warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, followed up on information concerning an individual who admitted to harvesting a spike buck with a crossbow in early October and then had his young son register the buck. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Nate Ackerman, of Durand, got a call from the county sheriff’s department about coyote hunters possibly trespassing and hunting near the road. Ackerman located the group and completed his investigation that showed a coyote had been shot from the road and left in a field where the hunters did not have permission to enter. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, and Trevor Tracey, of Stoddard, received a complaint in January of possible overbagging at the Genoa dam. The wardens’ investigation found that the three fishermen were not over their daily bag limit. However, the cooler located in the back of their pickup truck contained 12 walleyes. Three of these walleyes were not of legal size. Enforcement action was taken for that violation.

Wardens Cody Adams, of Crawford County, and Edward McCann, of La Crosse, assisted the Nebraska DNR with an investigation involving an area woman who allegedly shot a mule deer in Nebraska in an area where muzzleloader hunting is not allowed. The investigation showed that the mule deer was killed prior to the woman purchasing her mule deer hunting License. Information was given to Nebraska DNR.

District 9 — Black River Falls area

Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, received a complaint in January that an ice fisherman had left garbage on the ice of a lake in Adams County. The same ice fisherman returned to the exact spot later in the week and was seen ice fishing next to the garbage he had left earlier. Upon contact, he admitted the garbage was his. The fisherman was made to pick up all the garbage and enforcement action was taken.

Warden Matt Groppi, of Black River Falls, followed up on a bobcat registration violation and found that the subject did not register a fisher, as required, in 2016, as well. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, investigated a complaint in January of an owl being shot and killed. The person who shot the owl admitted shooting an Eastern screech owl with a pellet gun while it was sitting on their fence. The man said he shot the owl because he had never shot one in the past. Enforcement action was taken.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

Warden Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, investigated a hotline report in January of a person who was deer hunting with an excessive amount of bait. Kuhn made contact with one hunter and measured 10 gallons of bait and estimated another 20 gallons of corn and apples were present in front of the stand. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kuhn responded to a citizen report of people ice fishing on Green Bay with unattended fishing lines. Kuhn made contact with the suspect fishermen who admitted to leaving their fishing lines in the water when they went to talk to some friends who were also on the ice. The two fishermen admitted that about an hour had passed before they tended their tip-ups, which had three flags. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, and Dale Romback, of Wausaukee, were on Marinette County patrol when they stopped four individuals, all for operating snowmobiles illegally. Additional enforcement actions were taken against some for illegal roadway operation.

Warden Dave Allen, of Kewaunee, responded to complaints in January regarding a few snowmobilers. Upon contact, Allen educated the group about snowmobile and ATV operations, as well as speed regulations.

District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area

Warden Brandon Smith, of Twin Lakes, conducted snowmobile enforcement in Racine and Kenosha counties in January in response to reports of numerous snowmobilers operating when the trails were closed. Additional violations were found for improper display of registration or no registration, no snowmobile trail pass, exceeding the night time speed limit of 55 mph, and not stopping at a stop sign. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Brad Latza, of Racine, Smith, and Jennifer Burrow-Niemeyer, along with wildlife staff members, successfully relocated a fawn and doe. The deer were surviving in the old Chrysler plant grounds that are about 9 acres. They had lived in the city of Kenosha since the summer. The wardens worked closely with wildlife staff to capture and release the deer into a less urban setting. Both deer are free roaming in the wild.

Warden Taylor Meinholz, of Union Grove, participated in a learn-to-fish program at the Richard Bong Recreation Area on Vern Wolf Lake. Meinholz educated individuals on the basics of ice fishing and the laws that regulate this outdoor sport.

District 17 — Madison area

Wardens Boyd Richter and Ryan Caputo, both of Madison, investigated a call in January concerning a live deer caught in a dry-land cable restraint. Richter found that the deer had been killed, field dressed, and removed from the property. The investigation led to a suspect who initially told wardens he released the deer alive. As the investigation continued, the suspect stated he shot the deer to use the meat. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Richter and John Sinclair investigated a citizen complaint of a raccoon left in a trap for about three days north of Edgerton. The wardens were able to release the raccoon alive. Their investigation led to a person who spoke of his trap where the raccoon was caught, and said he thought the trap had been sprung. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Caputo responded to a citizen call regarding a person perceived as inattentive to their tip-ups. Caputo contacted the individual, who was fishing with unattended lines and more than the legal number of lines. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kyle Johnson, of Shiocton, contacted an ice fisherman on the Wolf River to check for a fishing license. Upon contact, Warden Johnson noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the ice fishing shack. Through an investigation, the defendant was found to have thrown his pipe and remaining marijuana into the waters of the Wolf River. Enforcement action was taken.

District 18 — Poynette area

No report available.

District 19 — Dodgeville area

Warden Wallace, of Watertown, investigated an illegal treestand in Rome Pond Wildlife Area in Jefferson County. The stand was placed over illegal bait and a camera was located nearby. An investigation led to a second location in the wildlife area with the same set-up. Suspects were identified and interviewed about the activity. Baiting and feeding is illegal in Jefferson County. Enforcement action was taken.

Lake Winnebago Team report

Wardens Michael Disher, of Chilton, and Chris Bartelt, of Madison, were investigating illegal ATV use on the Brillion State Wildlife Area going back to last fall when Disher and Bartelt observed fresh snowmobile tracks going across the parcel. The investigation identified a suspect. A follow-up investigation revealed the suspect was responsible for the illegal snowmobile operation, two illegal treestands on state land, and an illegal bait that was still on the landscape following the close of deer season.

Wardens Disher and Bartelt investigated information regarding the illegal sale of captive turtles. It was discovered that an individual had illegally taken more than a half dozen eastern painted turtles from the wild without a license and had kept them alive in a tank at a friend’s house for several months. The friend then attempted to sell the turtles. Enforcement action was taken. The turtles were transferred to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Sauk County Team report

Wardens Sean Neverman, of Prairie du Sac, and Stanley Lewis, of Ft. McCoy, contacted two individuals in a parked vehicle, from which the odor of marijuana was emanating, at a DNR parking lot for the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. The occupants were found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Wardens Neverman and Lewis contacted two ATV operators regarding alcohol and littering violations while on the ice of the LaValle Mill Pond. Enforcement action is pending.

Antigo Team report

Warden Andrew Dryja, of Langlade County, investigated a person in January who harvested multiple antlerless deer in Langlade County, but the investigation showed the person registered the deer using approvals from a different county. The investigation also showed the person harvested an archery buck and had a different person register the deer as their own kill. The individuals were cited for hunting antlerless deer in the wrong zone, providing false information, and loan/borrow another’s approval.

Warden Dryja contacted a person who was operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol. Warden Dryja saw the individual illegally operating an unregistered snowmobile along a state highway after 1 a.m. The individual was transported to the Langlade County Jail, and enforcement action was taken for several items, including having expired snowmobile registration (2011) and operating a snowmobile under the influence of an intoxicant. The individual also was warned for failing to have a trail pass and illegal operation of a snowmobile in the vicinity of a highway.

Warden Dryja spoke at a snowmobile safety course in Antigo where he fielded some excellent questions from the 25 students.

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