Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – May 17th, 2013

Editor’s note: During the month of March DNR field wardens spent a lot time working with members of their local communities in such activities as Learn-to-Hunt events, hunter safety training, scholarship meetings, planning meetings, deer and panfish management meetings, sportsmen’s club banquets, life jacket loner stations for the Kids Don’t Float program, building fish cribs, attending sport shows, and working as warden recruit trainee mentors.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

Warden Meade and Deputy Warden Sara Pearson worked snowmobile and ATV enforcement at two complaint areas in Marinette County. Nine citations were issued, along with dozens of warnings, ranging from unregistered snowmobiles to not stopping for stop signs. Meade also issued a citation to a snowmobiler for OWI.
Wardens Lautenslager and Oginski worked snowmobile enforcement in Peshtigo and issued citations for illegal road operation and other warnings. One operator was arrested for OWI.
Warden Oginski assisted Lautenslager with a snowmobiler who failed to stop for Lautenslager. The snowmobiler ended up back-tracking. The subject made several attempts to throw off the wardens by turning around and doing circles in a field. The wardens were able to track the suspect back to his residence. The subject had 1995 registration on the snowmobile.
Warden Oginski investigated a snowmobile accident on Lake Noquebay. The operator hit a 29-inch plowed snow bank and traveled 103 feet through the air with the snowmobile. The operator suffered serious injuries.
Warden Paul filed criminal charges with the Oconto County D.A. against four subjects in the Oconto Falls area who poached deer in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Warden Stahl responded to an illegal burning complaint involving possible hazardous materials. There were a number of items in the fire that should not be burned. Of significance was some woven cloth material that did not appear to burn. This information was sent to a DNR Air Management specialist.
Warden Horne followed up on several calls about garbage left on area lakes, especially Shawano Lake, when shacks were removed.
Warden Horne followed up on a call about dead turkeys. He found several in the southwestern part of the county that had been struck by a vehicle. Horne did notice many birds along the road on the way to the complaint area. No birds have been found dead because of starvation, as originally thought.
Warden Horne worked snowmobile trails in the western end of the county for violations regarding illegal operation.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit

Wardens Robert Stroess and George Protogere worked snowmobile enforcement near Rockwood in Manitowoc County and issued seven warnings. Later in the night, Protogere attempted to stop two snowmobilers for road violations. One rider fled and one stopped. Stroess caught the registration number of the fleeing sled and intercepted the sled. It stopped for several seconds when Stroess turned on his lights, but it then took off, nearly striking Stroess’ squad. It eventually was located at the other rider’s house, even though the other rider had denied knowing the fleeing rider. The wardens seized the snowmobile. The wardens contacted the suspect’s wife, who confirmed the suspect had been with the rider who had stopped. She said the pair have known each other for 15 years. The snowmobiler who lied received a citation for “obstructing,” and the fleeing rider received five citations and was charged with four crimes.
Regional Warden Byron Goetsch, of Green Bay, joined the Northeast Region’s Management Team in two meetings with area legislators. DNR program updates, issues, and requested information was provided and discussed. He also joined the DNRā€ˆNortheast Region Team, along the DNR’s tribal liaison, in meeting with Stockbridge and Menominee tribal officials.
Warden Kyle Lynch finished his field-training program at the beginning of March and was stationed in Kewaunee County to replace warden David Allen, who will be transferring to the Marine Unit out of Mishicot.
Northeast Operations Marine Unit
No report available.

District 13 — Oshkosh area

Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, received a call about an ice shanty that went through on Lake Winnebago in January. Higgins patrolled the area and located a small portion of the roof that was above the ice. Higgins and warden Tom Truman, of Winneconne, were able to put a camera down and get a name from the side of the shanty. Higgins spoke to the subject, who acknowledged that he had not tried to get it out. The subject was cited for failing to remove the shanty by the deadline, and he is retrieving the ice shanty.
Warden Higgins issued a citation to a subject for leaving a shanty on Lake Winnebago well after the deadline. The subject was warned and told to remove the shanty the following day, but did not remove it. The subject was waiting for the shanty to thaw from the ice. Once the subject was informed he was getting a citation, the shanty was removed that day.
Warden Higgins, while checking ice-fishing activity at the Eureka dam, observed a subject with three tip-ups on the Fox River. The subject would pick up a rod and jig, as well. The subject said he knew better and should have removed a tip-up prior to jigging. A citation was issued for too many lines.
Wardens Michael Disher, of Chilton, and Ryan Propson, of Appleton, checked multiple taxidermists in Calumet County to review invoices for deer heads. They found four taxidermists who were operating with expired licenses. Record-keeping violations also were found.
Warden Disher investigated multiple ice shacks that were still on Lake Winnebago after the deadline. He found a spot where a shack had been removed, but the frame was left frozen into the ice, along with carpeting and other litter. Disher had photographed that shack weeks earlier and identified the owner. Enforcement action was taken for failure to remove the shack and littering.
Warden Disher investigated a complaint of manure run-off into a stream in Calumet County. He discovered manure solids flowing off the farm, onto the neighbor’s property, and to a ravine leading to a mapped stream. He spoke with the landowner and discovered that manure was intentionally scooped over a feedlot containment berm and into a watercourse instead of being transferred to a manure pit, as required. Enforcement action was taken, and corrective measures were ordered.
Warden Al Erickson, of Fond du Lac, contacted several ATVers and snowmobilers from a large group on Lake Winnebago without valid registration displayed. Two of the unregistered machines had traveled on an illegal trail that comes off the Fond du Lac River and runs across Fond du Lac County Airport property.
Warden Benjamin Nadolski, of Waupun, issued numerous citations for not removing shanties from lakes by the removal date.
Warden Nadolski received a call early one morning from warden Paul Nell, of Horicon. Nell was ice fishing on his day off on Fox Lake, and group members next to him were asleep in their shanties with five tip-up flags raised. Nell did not have his credentials along to properly identify himself as a warden. Nadolski issued three citations.
Warden Kyle Kosin, of Campbellsport, contacted individuals on a snowmobile trail with expired registration. It was found the father had to bring out a side-by-side snowmobile to pull his son’s snowmobile out of the woods/ditch when the son crashed. No injuries resulted, and a warning was issued to the father for his snowmobile.
Warden Kosin followed up on a small-game case from when he was on leave. Kosin interviewed the suspect and found that the suspect did not possess a small-game license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, found two ATVers and a snowmobiler operating on private land without permission. He followed the tracks to a subdivision and was able to narrow the suspect home down to two. He interviewed homeowners and located the three suspects. Also, one ATV had expired registration, neither ATV had license plates, one of the youths was under 12, and the snowmobile registration was never transferred to this owner’s name.

District 14 — Sheboygan area

No report available.

District 15 — Milwaukee area

Warden Sanidas investigated two cases of ice shanties that were left out past the deadline and illegally burned on the ice of Lower Phantom Lake. In both cases, illegal materials were burned; some of the items included tires, plastic, metal, and other garbage. The Mukwonago Police Department assisted with the investigation, and the owners of the shanties were cited. The subjects were ordered to remove the debris from the ice.
Warden Sanidas received a complaint from Racine County warden Michael Hirschboeck about a waterfowl blind that was left out along the Fox River in southern Waukesha County. Sanidas contacted the owners of the blind, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Matt Groppi, of Sussex, found two ice shanties that were left out on Pewaukee Lake after the removal date, and enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Groppi and Zeihen responded to Okauchee Lake to assist the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department with two snowmobile accidents that involved separate snowmobilers who collided with an ice heave. One victim was transported to a hospital via helicopter for serious injuries.
Warden Groppi requested a criminal charge for a Waukesha County resident who bought a gun deer license after his hunting privileges were revoked. The D.A.’s office is reviewing the case.
Warden Groppi investigated a complaint of an individual using car-killed deer as bait for hunting coyotes. Groppi issued a warning for the car-killed deer violations.
Warden Groppi conducted a taxidermy audit and issued a citation for operating an unlicensed business.
Warden Groppi investigated a case of untagged bobcats from Texas that were transported to Wisconsin without any tags. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Groppi attended a hearing for a trapping citation he issued in January. It was the defendant’s third appearance for this citation. The defendant was intoxicated for the second time in court and was held in contempt and was ordered to spend the night in the Waukesha County jail. The case was set for trial in front of a judge.
Warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of South Milwaukee, and several other local wardens had been receiving calls about a deer observed being “stuck” behind a fence on I-43. With the help of Wildlife staff, the fence was opened and the deer was lured from the fenced-in area. DNR staff fixed the fence and the deer has not been seen since.

District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area

Wardens Randy Dunkel and Isaac Kruse, of Racine County, interviewed an individual found to be selling live red swamp crayfish on eBay. The wardens educated the individual about the threat red swamp crayfish pose to Wisconsin’s aquatic ecosystems and instructed the man he could no longer possess or sell red swamp crayfish.
Warden Kyle Dilley, of Kenosha County, observed three snowmobilers cut a corner off of the public snowmobile trail just north of Paddock Lake. Upon stopping the group, it was found a father led a 12-year-old operator and his mother across a farmer’s field to avoid operating on concrete near a gas station. Upon contact, the man appeared confused when questioned about deviating from the marked trail. The young boy, who had recently completed snowmobile education, spoke up and told his father he did not follow the marked trail.
Warden Kyle Dilley heard a Kenosha County deputy in pursuit of a motorcycle near Hwy. 50 and the interstate. The pursuit was terminated shortly after it began. However, when Dilley was traveling west on Hwy. 50, he saw two motorcycles that were believed to have been with the motorcyclist who fled from the deputy. Dilley communicated his observations to Deputy Castillo, who asked Dilley to stop and hold the two subjects. The two men initially denied knowing who the fleeing motorcyclist was, but one of them eventually confessed. That same subject also was arrested for operating after revocation.
Warden Juan Gomez, of Walworth County, worked a wetland violation and found an illegally dredged pond, captive wild ducks and geese, and other local ordinance violations. The individual did not have a captive wildlife license. All wild animals were moved to a rehabilitator. Ordinance violations were turned over to Walworth County.
Warden Mike Katzenberg, of Delevan, has been working an ongoing turkey complaint in the city of Delavan in which a turkey has been aggressive to neighbors who have been feeding the turkey in their backyards. Katzenberg is working with USDA on the removal of the bird. Katzenberg and the USDA attempted to locate the bird for removal. The turkey was not located at the time they were present. Katzenberg will continue to work with the USDA on this matter.

District 17 — Madison area

Wardens Boyd Richter and Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, and Ryan Caputo, of Green County, responded to a fatal snowmobile accident on Lake Koshkonong. Two victims were driving on the lake, got lost in the fog, and broke through thin ice near the mouth of the Rock River. One of the victims did not survive. The wardens assisted in recovering the snowmobiles and mapping the accident scene with Rock County Deputy Matt Pyne.
Warden Richter was monitoring fishermen at the Indianford dam when he observed a fisherman keep a foul-hooked walleye. One citation was issued to the fisherman.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, issued a citation to an ice fisherman for overbagging panfish on Lake Monona near Esther Beach. The individual had been cited for the same violation in the past.
Warden Bauman issued a citation to a trapper for trapping during a period of revocation on the Sugar River near Paoli.
Warden Dieckhoff has been investigating a case of tires that were dumped on state lands and in the Rock River at the public hunting grounds off Bass Creek Road. A suspect was identified and cited for littering. When the subject did not clean the tires up as requested, he was cited daily for obstruction of navigation. The subject was issued 32 citations for daily violations of obstructing navigation at $767.50 for each charge and had still not cleaned up the tires he admitted to dumping. At a February court date, the subject was found guilty of littering the tires by his guilty plea. The subject also had violated a court order to have the tires removed and to reimburse the DNR for costs incurred from cleaning up some of the tires. The subject has pending court actions on this case, and the tires still have not been removed by the subject.
Wardens Dieckhoff and Richter worked independently and with group checks with other wardens and Rock County deputies to curb snowmobile trespass and speed issues. Dieckhoff issued many citations for trespass to operators who drove through fields and city lots where they did not have permission to operate. One subject was a snowmobile club member in Jefferson County. The subject left his house and rode the Jefferson County trails, which were closed the day before, and rode into Rock County where the trails also were closed.
Warden Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, watched a boat operator travel up the Rock River from the public launch in Jefferson at greater than no-wake speed. Ellifson made contact with the operator at the Wisconsin Avenue bridge. The operator did not have the correct number of PFDs on board, no throwable PFD, a battery had uncovered terminals, and the fire extinguisher was not functional. Ellifson issued a citation for the PFDs and warnings for other violations.
Warden Ellifson received a call about possible short walleyes being kept by anglers at the junction of the Crawfish and Rock rivers. Ellifson located an angler with one short walleye. A citation was issued, and the fish was released back to the river.
Warden Ellifson contacted two subjects at Jefferson dam. One did not have a license. That subject had a warrant in Racine County. Jefferson police transported both subjects to the Jefferson County jail to be identified and booked for the warrant. Ellifson issued the subject citations for fishing without a license and fishing with too many lines.

District 18 — Poynette area

Warden Michael Green, of Wisconsin Dells, had three calls about possible cougar sightings in southern Juneau and Adams counties. He was unable to verify any tracks. Many of these calls are in the general area of a previous verified sighting.
Warden Green responded to a manure run-off complaint in Columbia County where run-off from melting snow and rain was running through a residential area and into an individual’s basement.
Warden John Buss, of Sauk City, and deputy warden Travis Hilliard worked the Wisconsin River, checking more than 35 boaters. They issued a citation for no PFDs.
Warden Buss issued a citation on the Wisconsin River for an undersized walleye.
Warden David Horzewski, of Reedsburg, investigated a complaint about a business that was suspected of attempting to burn a large pile of materials that contained wood, plastic, metal, and other stuff from the business near La Valle. Horzewski spoke with the owner in the fall of 2012 and advised him not to burn the pile if it contained anything other than clean wood. Horzewski noted that the pile had been burned and that it contained metal debris and other items. He photographed the burn pile and referred the complaint to DNR Air Management.
Warden Horzewski was in the Dell Creek Wildlife Area when he spotted a vehicle parked along a road. He observed the operator throw out an aluminum can onto the side of the road and leave the area. Horzewski stopped the driver and located marijuana and open intoxicants in the vehicle. The warden was assisted by a Sauk County deputy who arrested the operator for OWI.
Warden Horzewski assisted police with a fight outside a bar in Reedsburg.
Warden Paul Nell, of Horicon, was checking fishermen on the Beaver Dam River when he contacted a fisherman who displayed a resident fishing license. Nell determined that the man was a nonresident and had obtained the license fraudulently.
Warden Paul Nadolski, of Portage, and recruit warden Kyle Lynch issued ATV and snowmobile citations in March.
Wardens Nadolski, Lynch, and Holmes investigated a multi-vehicle accident involving three snowmobiles and one ATV that went through the ice on Lake Wisconsin. All subjects made it out alive.
Wardens Nadolski and Lynch followed up on several freon gas violations relating to refrigerators/freezers. Citations were issued.

District 19 — Dodgeville area

Warden Rick DeWitte, of Cassville, investigated a call regarding manure flowing into a trout stream. The manure was spread prior to a rain and snow-melt event in large quantities on fields with considerable slopes. This was the second-worst manure run-off event observed in his 30 years in Grant County. The Grant County conservation director and the DNR manure specialist have been working with this landowner on construction of a manure-storage system.
Wardens Mike Nice, of Richland Center, and Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, and deputy warden Mike Williams placed a couple of muskrat decoys out to help catch a person in the act of shooting beavers and muskrats from bridges, after receiving complaints about the suspect. The suspect was responsible for two open trap theft complaints and trapped with the stolen traps. The suspect also was trapping during the closed season and had been involved in the shining and shooting of six deer with two other people. Charges are pending.
Wardens Nice and Martin Stone, of Fennimore, responded to a large manure spill near a stream in Richland County.
Warden Dave Youngquist, of Spring Green, patrolled snowmobile trails in the Arena, Mazomanie, and Black Earth areas and issued citations for no/improper registration. Youngquist was thanked by snowmobilers for being out on the trail.
Warden Youngquist followed up on a complaint about a snowmobile being operated on the closed trails in the Arena area. The operator did not stop at two stop signs and operated illegally on the road and on the closed trail. Enforcement action was taken.

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