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Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – July 27th, 2012

District 1 — Ashland area

Warden Windt, of Hurley, investigated several water regulation complaints in Iron County. Several of the complaints will require additional enforcement action.
Warden Windt answered several hotline calls regarding fishing violations in Iron County.
Warden Matt Mackenzie, of Ashland, issued a storm water citation for a new construction site in Ashland for failing to follow permit requirements.
Warden John Krull, of Superior, investigated a local taxidermist who had been doing business without a license since 2009.
Warden Krull responded to complaints about illegal camping on a state-owned island on Amnicon Lake.
Wardens Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, and John Windt, of Hurley, had been receiving complaints about a fishing tournament with participants fishing in a refuge each year. Four fishermen were contacted fishing from a boat in the refuge. A citation and several warnings were issued for this violation.
Warden Brad Biser, of Brule, investigated a complaint involving riparian property issues on Lake Nebagamon. Biser worked with a water specialist during the investigation.
Wardens participated in a boating recreational enforcement team deployed in southern Bayfield County. Many violations were addressed by the team in an effort to provide a safe boating environment.

District 2 — Cumberland area

Warden Jesse Ashton, of Luck, overheard a call from dispatch about a possible intoxicated driver. Ashton located the vehicle and stopped it upon request from the sheriff’s office. Ashton found the subject was in possession of a meth pipe, 3.5 grams of meth, and a large amount of marijuana. The subject also was found to be under the influence of meth at the time and was arrested for fifth offense OWI and was transported to jail.
Warden Ashton received a call about a subject from Milltown who possibly had picked up a snapping turtle during the closed season. Ashton went to a residence and located a butchered snapping turtle in the backyard and a bowl of turtle meat in the refrigerator. A citation was issued for taking a turtle during the closed season.
Warden Ashton received a call from a Milltown police officer who had located a fresh beaver pelt at a subject’s residence when he was arresting him on a bond violation. The subject had been trapping beavers without a license. A citation was issued.
Warden Ashton received a complaint about a landowner on Bone Lake who might have sprayed and killed cattails in front of his cabin. Ashton found the subject had treated and killed all the cattails in front of his cabin because he did not like the weeds and mud by his dock. A citation was issued.
Warden Ashton assisted with an annual youth fishing contest on Deer Lake. Ashton took three kids out fishing. One of the kids in Ashton’s boat had a large muskie hit a bluegill he was reeling in, right under the boat. About 90 kids attended.
Warden Ashton and Dorn were working OWI boat enforcement on Balsam Lake for Operation Dry Water. A subject was observed operating without navigational lights and was stopped. The subject was field-tested for sobriety and failed. The subject was arrested and transported to the Polk County jail for OWI.
Warden Jon Hagen, of Spooner, followed up on a call of illegal riprap on Birch Lake. Hagen met with the contractor and landowner. There was no permit issued for the work. One citation was issued to the contractor, who had been cited in the past.
Warden Hagen followed up on complaints about nuisance bears and feeding bears in early June. Some complaints were turned over to USDA-APHIS for trapping.
Warden Hagen followed up on a complaint of an illegal dam on a creek that leads to Slim Lake. The case is under investigation.
Warden Chris Spaight, of Grantsburg, investigated a complaint about a high volume of frac sand trucks hauling in the area. Spaight located the gravel pit that the trucks were hauling out of and learned that the pit was not permitted as an active pit. Spaight contacted the appropriate staff and made contact with the company hauling out of the pit. This investigation is ongoing.
Warden Spaight received numerous complaints about bears in the Grantsburg area. He spent several hours answering questions and assisting people with their bear concerns.
Warden Shaun Tyznik, of Amery, helped take kids fishing at the McKenzie Youth Fishing Day on Deer Lake. Tyznik helped bait hooks and remove caught fish.

District 3 — Park Falls area

Warden Jason Bayer, of Phillips, investigated complaints about a subject fishing for trout without a license or a stamp on the Spirit River. Bayer determined the suspect has done this on several occasions. Bayer seized several brook trout and fishing equipment from the individual and issued citations.
Warden Kirk Konichek, of Ladysmith, investigated a complaint about an individual with a sturgeon on a stringer below the Lake Holcombe dam. Konichek contacted the suspect at his vehicle with a bucket filled with water from the river and a live smallmouth bass. The suspect had released the sturgeon before Konichek arrived. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Konichek observed a PWCer towing a skier within 200 feet of the shoreline and without an observer. Upon contacting the driver, Konichek also found he had not completed a boat safety class.
Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, investigated a complaint from the 2011 archery season regarding a 10-point buck that was killed illegally. Michels was able to determine that the suspect shot the buck and tagged it with his wife’s tag. Michels seized the mount and took enforcement action.
Warden Nick Nice, of Medford, attended a annual youth fishing clinic at Esadore Lake. About 55 youths attended and were educated by the volunteers before participating in a fishing contest. All participants received new fishing rods and reels upon completion.
Warden Nice attended an enforcement conference with a septage hauler who was spreading septage in violation of administrative rules. The enforcement conference is designed to make sure the subject of the investigation clearly understands the law and takes steps to follow the laws in the future. Citations were issued, as well.
Warden Rick Peters, of Merrill, worked with Pheasants Forever and the Lincoln County sports club in putting on a series of free trapshooting events for women and kids.
Warden Peters and Lincoln County deputy Watruba distributed information to hardware and outdoor stores about the new ATV license plate requirements that took effect July 1. Several local businesses ordered kits to sell.

District 4 — Woodruff area

In June, wardens Brad Dahlquist, Kelly Crotty, Tim Ebert, Rich Thole, Dave Walz, Pat Novesky, and deputy warden John Preuss participated in a group effort concentrating on AIS enforcement/education on lakes around Boulder Junction. Several warnings were issued for minor AIS and boating violations, while a couple citations were issued for fishing without licenses.
In June, warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, worked boating and fishing activity and issued citations for fishing without a license and possession of an undersized walleye. He also gave presentations at an ATV course, a hunter safety course, and a trapper education course.
In June, warden Thole, of Boulder Junction, worked boating and fishing enforcement on area lakes and issued citations for failing to have life jackets on a boat, operating a motorboat without registration, and fishing without a license.
In June, wardens Thole and Price, of Eagle River, contacted two tribal members muskie fishing on Boulder Lake. A records check showed one person had his privileges suspended. Enforcement action was taken for fishing during a period of suspension.
In June, warden Tim Ebert, of Woodruff, issued citations for the possession of bass during the closed season and issued several warnings for transporting live fish away from a lake or stream.
In June, warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, investigated numerous ATV and boating complaints. Action was taken in a couple of instances for allowing operation of a PWC without a safety course. Boat safety courses are available online at

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area

Warden Bill Wrasse, of Durand, presented Gene Olson, of Pepin, an award for 30 years of service as a hunter education instructor.
Warden Wrasse received a call about illegal releases of freon in the Mondovi area. The complaint was forwarded to DATCP.
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, responded to assist with the search for a drowning victim on the St. Croix River near Hudson. Sickman located the victim’s body with special sonar on the patrol boat. Divers were brought in to recover the body.
Wardens Peterson, Hausman, Wrasse, Flak, and Sickman all assisted with the search for a drowning victim who fell out of his boat near Bay City. The body later was located on the shoreline near Maiden Rock several miles downstream.
Warden Sickman observed a known felony suspect who currently was revoked from driving, who was operating a vehicle in St Croix County. Sickman assisted deputies in arresting the suspect.
Warden Brad Peterson, of Ellsworth, issued citations for ATV helmet violations, no fishing license, PFD violations, and illegal fish.
Warden Wayne Flak assisted the Menomonie Fire Department with the recovery of a vehicle on the bottom of Lake Menomin. The vehicle was found during a training exercise using side-scan sonar. After several attempts, the vehicle was removed. It was found to be a vehicle from the 1970s that was put on the ice by the Lions Club as part of a contest to see who could guess the day the ice melted and the vehicle fell into the water. For some reason, the vehicle was not recovered.
Flak worked on a littering complaint at a boat landing. A resident had witnessed a truck operator dump large amounts of trash and old furniture and appliances on two separate occasions. Flak and deputy Pace found numerous documents with a person’s name. Upon contact with the person, she stated she had paid two of her male friends to take the refuse to the dump, as she was moving. The two males were interviewed and were issued citations. They agreed to pick up the trash and dispose of it properly.
Flak worked with the sheriff’s department and state park staff on state lands that are popular for summer use. Flak addressed laws regarding illegal camping, operating a vehicle where prohibited, jumping off the Dunnville bike bridge, and underage drinking.
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, assisted at a disabled fishing event on Lake Menomin, where about 28 people participated. All of the participants were taken out in boats and treated to a fried fish lunch. The event was sponsored by sporting clubs and volunteers.
Warden Cleven assisted the Dunn County Fish and Game Club with its annual youth trout fishing event at Herbie’s Bullfrog Fish Farm in Dunnville. About 100 kids participated.The event included a raffle and lunch.
Warden Cleven responded to a complaint in which a bear had been observed in a person’s yard with a jaw trap attached to its paw. The bear had left the area and could not be located.
Warden Cleven worked boating and fishing enforcement on area lakes, rivers, and streams. Cleven and deputy warden Gary Schwoch also worked boating and fishing enforcement on the Chetek Chain of Lakes and the Holcombe Flowage.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, received a call in June that a man had just run his boat aground on the beach at Russell Memorial Park on Lake Arbutus. The caller reported that after doing so, the boater went in front of the swim beach and urinated off of his boat in front of the children playing on the beach. Hanna launched his boat and attempted to contact the suspect on the lake. The boater saw Hanna and fled. Hanna caught up with the suspect on shore and arrested him for boating OWI.
Warden Hanna concentrated on ATV and boating enforcement in Clark County in June. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, no PFDs on a boat, creating a hazardous wake, operating a boat after sunset without navigational lights, residency fraud, and operating an ATV exceeding the 96-decibel noise limit.
While watching fishermen below the Hatfield dam, warden Hanna observed a man stealing railroad ties and plates from the railroad. Hanna stopped the man as a he drove away and turned the matter over to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Enforcement action was taken for the theft.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, issued citations for fishing without licenses, possession of undersized fish, and littering. Several folks were contacted to address boat registration and boat equipment violations. One boater, when asked to see his life preservers, pulled wet and moldy vests from a closed compartment. One of the life vests was covered with live ants. The law not only requires there to be enough PFDs on board the boat, but they also must be serviceable and in good condition.
Warden Thiede participated in a meet-and-greet of adults and kids at the Lake Hallie Optimist Club Youth Fishing Contest of the Lake Hallie Sportsmen’s Club. The large group of kids gathered for a talk from the warden before lunch and prizes.
Warden Thiede provided three ATV safety and three firearm safety presentations to 100-plus fourth-graders attending the Mayo Clinic Health System Safety Camp at Carson Park in Eau Claire.
Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, investigated a call that a bear had attacked two dogs in Augusta. Thomson found that no dog was killed and one dog was scratched by brush while chasing a bear.
Wardens Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, assisted the Osseo Police Department with investigating the potential release of hazardous materials. The investigation determined that three subjects, who work for an Illinois company that cleans industrial air conditioning units, stopped at a restaurant and illegally drained a large quantity of the cleaning solution from a tank on their truck onto the parking lot of the restaurant. The solution then ran into a storm drain. Barnhardt, with the assistance of DNR environmental staff, determined that the cleaning solution contained hazardous chemicals. Enforcement action was taken against the company.
Warden Barnhardt investigated a call that a sand and gravel pit near Black River Falls was discharging a large amount of sediment-laden water into the Black River. Barnhardt located a large culvert at the gravel pit that was draining directly into the Black River, producing a large plume of sediment in the river. The flow from the culvert was stopped, and the case was referred to DNR environmental staff for follow-up.
Warden Shaun Deeney, of Black River Falls, and Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, closed an illegal trapping case from March in Trempealeau County. The wardens found a live coyote that was entangled in an untagged and illegally set snare. Because of the illegal set, the cable caused unnecessary damage to the coyote’s leg. Several citations were issued, and the defendant was convicted of failing to check traps and trapping with untagged traps. The defendant was ordered to pay a civil forfeiture and will lose his DNR privileges for one year.
Warden Deeney and ranger Terry Boone assisted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department with stopping three ATV operators who were driving in unauthorized area on state land near Powerhouse Road. An 18-year-old girl on one ATV attempted to avoid the officers and crashed her ATV into the woods. She received only minor scrapes and avoided major injuries. Multiple citations were issued for operating ATVs in closed areas and failing to take an ATV safety class.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

While watching fishermen at an area lake, warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, and intern Hecht observed two adult males and a child fishing. One of the males moved away from the child and smoked from a pipe. Upon contact, drug paraphernalia was discovered and the two adults were turned over to the local police department. Drugs were found in their vehicle.
Warden Scharbarth received several complaints about young animals, including a complaint about someone keeping a baby raccoon and someone bringing a fawn to the local humane society.
Warden Barry Meister, of Stevens Point, participated in a “Cops and Bobbers” youth fishing event and gave a presentation at a Prime Water Anglers youth fishing event. He also assisted other Wisconsin River team wardens in an outdoor youth day in Wisconsin Rapids.
Warden Meister patrolled waters in Portage and adjoining counties, resulting in citations being issued for assorted boating and fishing violations. He also responded to a complaint about a person trapping illegally in the town of Plover. This person set an illegal trap, trapped raccoons during the closed season, and trapped with an untagged trap. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mike Rader, of Wausau, spoke to a summer school class at John Muir Middle School about the day-to-day job of the warden and how to prepare for this career.
Warden Rader contacted a subject fishing with a male companion at Oak Island Park. The subject was found to have fished with two separate poles and did not have a fishing license. The subject stated he was just getting the line out for his friend and that he planned to buy a license later that day. The subject had been cited for fishing without a license two years earlier. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rader stopped a PWCer on the Big Rib River for operating within 48 feet of Rader’s patrol boat at greater than no-wake speed. Enforcement action was taken. Rader had stopped the same PWC, with a different operator, about a half-hour earlier. Rader had advised this operator of the PWC about speed restrictions and had told him to pass the word on to his friends.
Warden Ben Herzfeldt, of Schofield, settled a case from 2010 regarding a subject shining deer while in possession of a bow and crossbow in the Rib Mountain area. The subject was found guilty of buying a license while revoked and had his DNR privileges revoked for three years. A crossbow also was confiscated by the court.
Warden Herzfeldt assisted in the search for a boat accident victim on the Big Eau Pleine.
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, issued numerous warnings for fishing and boating violations and issued citations for the following violations while patrolling Nepco Lake in Wood County and the Big Eau Pleine and Lake Dubay reservoirs in Marathon County: four for fishing without license, two for operating a boat without PFDs, and one for a personal watercraft speed violation.
Warden Leezer investigated illegal burning at an area business. The manager was found to have burned prohibited materials. The same business was investigated a couple years ago for burning prohibited materials. Enforcement action is pending.
Wardens Leezer and Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, investigated two fatal boating incidents on the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir. They assisted with the search for an individual whose boat was located on shore at the Big Eau Pleine, and unoccupied after he was reported overdue by his family. The subject’s body was recovered near the boat after an extensive search by officers, family, and volunteers. Less than 72 hours later, Fetting and Leezer responded to the scene of a second apparent drowning on the same body of water. In this incident, a male subject drowned after jumping from a moving boat, despite rescue efforts made by the other occupants of the boat, which included the victim’s father, younger brother, and friend.
Warden Barry Fetting began planning a Learn to Hunt waterfowl event that will take place this fall at the Mead/McMillan wildlife areas. This year, volunteers and mentors are planning to provide an opportunity for 15 to 20 youths during an eight-hour field day that will be followed by a day of hunting with an experienced waterfowl hunter.
Warden Fetting assisted forestry staff with the investigation of a complaint that loggers placed slash and tree tops in a waterway, obstructing navigation.
Warden Bill Miller, of Adams, issued 25 citations to individuals for fishing, boating, and illegal burning violations in June. Miller also gave a presentation to students at a boating safety course.
Wardens Miller, Romberg, Weber, Long, and Trowbridge attended the Petenwell and Castle Rock stewards meeting and talked about invasive species work that the wardens were doing on Petenwell and Castle Rock lakes. After the meeting, the wardens concentrated their work at area boat landings and made contacts regarding the laws on invasive species and aquatic plants.
Warden Wade Romberg, of Friendship, investigated a serious ATV accident in which alcohol and speed were factors.
Warden Romberg had one turkey-hunting case adjudicated in court. He contacted a man for shooting a turkey from the window of his vehicle this past spring. Wardens Romberg and Miller had caught the same man in the fall of 2008 for the same violations. Several citations were issued, and the individual also had his hunting privileges revoked this time.
Warden Matt Weber staffed the boat safety station at the Necedah Wildlife Refuge’s Kids Fishing Day. He also investigated a fatal ATV accident in Kildare Township. 

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