Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – July 26th, 2013

District 1 — Ashland area

Warden Brad Biser, of Brule, worked boating enforcement on the Pike chain in Iron River with the Bayfield County recreational officer. Numerous contacts were made, and one boating citation was issued.
Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, was driving behind an ATVer about one-half mile back on a town road that leads to a county highway where the ATV route only goes to the south. As Egstad drove up to the county road, she observed ATV tracks heading north. Egstad spotted the ATVer traveling on the northbound lane and stopped the operator in his driveway. The operator said he had gone to Cornucopia, but it started to rain on the way back and he wanted to get home sooner by taking the county road instead of the neighbor’s property where he has permission to operate. A citation was issued for illegally operating an ATV on a roadway.
Warden Egstad conducted an archery program at the Bayfield fish hatchery’s kids open house day with recruit warden Smith and U.S. Border Patrol agent Brendan Pender. About 250 people attended.
Warden John Krull, of Superior, worked boating and fishing enforcement on Lake Superior in June and issued citations for fishing with too many baits and for fishing without a license.
Ashland team wardens took part in an AIS group check at Lake Superior boat landings from Ashland to Superior.
Warden Jill Schartner, of Drummond, and her husband, Tom, spent one full day at the Drummond school, where they taught archery to kids taking the summer program.
Warden Schartner assisted Bayfield County Conservation Congress delegates in putting on the first shooting sports event at the Cable Rod and Gun Club, where members of the Eau Claire Lakes Conservation Club and the Cable Rod and Gun Club assisted in setting up three stations. Anyone attending could learn the basics of shooting archery, shotgun, or .22 rifle.
Citations were issued in June by warden Schartner to people fishing with too many lines and to people fishing without a fishing license. Many boating warnings also were issued, most for not having a throwable device on board.
Warden Matt Mackenzie, of Ashland, worked boating on area lakes and issued warnings for improper boat lights and for operation of a vehicle on the lake bed.
Warden John Windt, of Hurley, gave a presentation at the 15th annual bass tournament on the Gile Flowage.
Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, investigated a complaint of a subject overbagging on bass. The subject had 10 bass in his possession. A citation was issued.
Warden Burns investigated a call about a subject who chased geese with an ATV and killed three juvenile geese. Citations were issued for the violation.
Warden Burns worked on an illegal dumping case. The homeowner where the items came from was required to pay the transfer station fee for disposal of the materials.

District 2 — Cumberland area

No report available.

District 3 — Park Falls area

No report available.

District 4 — Woodruff area

Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, issued citations in June for operating motorboats without valid registration and failure to provide enough PFDs. Dahlquist assisted Forest County deputies with a one-car roll-over accident west of Crandon. No injuries were sustained. Dahlquist conducted three deer farm fence inspections, investigated shoreline complaints, and gave a trapper education talk to 19 students in Florence.
Warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, worked fishing and boating enforcement, issuing citations for expired registration and failure to provide enough PFDs. Crotty inspected fences at three deer farms with the assistance of neighboring wardens.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, worked enforcement on area lakes, issuing numerous boating and fishing warnings and four citations for fishing without licenses.
Wardens Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, and Ron Nerva, of Tomahawk, determined that a septic hauler was operating a business without a license. Enforcement action was taken.

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area

Warden Bill Wrasse, of Durand, worked an AIS group check in Dunn County with water guard Rebecca Dick. Many contacts were made at area landings. Wrasse noticed some of the fishermen were unaware that they had to drain their livewells.
Warden Wrasse attended the Mondovi Conservation Days and talked about boat safety. Fifth-graders attend this event, which has an emphasis on outdoor education.
Warden Brad Peterson, of River Falls, issued citations in June for boating, fishing, and litter violations. Peterson also assisted a landowner in removing a timber rattler near a pool area. The snake was released.
Wardens Peterson, Sickman, Hausman, Flak, and water guards Rebecca Dick and Aaron Maase worked on AIS enforcement in St. Croix and Polk counties. A decontamination unit was used at Bass and Cedar lakes to clean boats exiting infected waters.
Warden supervisor David Hausman patrolled area waters and issued citations for fishing without a license and short fish.
Wardens Paul Sickman, of Hudson, and Brad Peterson assisted in Pierce County for a fatal boat accident in which a 40-foot performance cabin boat with three people on board crashed into the Wisconsin shore. One person died. An investigation continues.
Warden Sickman attended an outdoor skills event at the Chilakoot Archery Club’s 60th anniversary event.
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, and deputy warden Gary Schwoch assisted the Dunn County Conservation Alliance with its “Sharing Our Resources on the Water” event June 7 on Lake Menomin. This is a boating and fishing event for individuals with mobility, systemic, or health-related disabilities, and for seniors. The wardens provided 20 PFDs, fishing poles, and two DNR boats for the event. Approximately 32 people went fishing on Lake Menomin.
Warden Cleven assisted the Dunn County Fish and Game Club with its annual youth trout-fishing event at Herbie’s Bullfrog Fish Farm on June 13. A total of 110 kids ages 15 and under went trout fishing.
Warden Cleven received a call from a citizen who had seen an injured hawk on the edge of I-94 near Knapp Hill. Cleven captured the red-tailed hawk and transferred it to a wildlife rehabilitator in Colfax.
Warden Cleven also issued citations for fishing without a valid license, a citation for a boat registration violation, and a citation for an ATV registration violation.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, had a lot of interesting wildlife encounters in June. He got a call from a retired widow who had turkey vultures nesting in her barn. Hanna saw three bears crossing Clark County roads. Abbotsford police officers responded to an injured hawk in a yard, only to find that a red-tailed hawk had a raccoon that was too heavy for it to lift off the ground. Hanna also assisted USDA personnel with collaring a wolf in the town of Dewhurst.
Warden Hanna was provided with a Facebook video of a young man shooting a snapping turtle multiple times with a handgun. Violations included taking a turtle by illegal means, taking a turtle during the closed season, and wasting a natural resource. Enforcement action was taken.
In June, warden Hanna discovered a number of fishermen who forgot their PFDs. One of the men previously had been cited for not providing enough PFDs on board his boat. Four individuals were cited for the violation.
With heavy rains in June, warden Hanna received numerous complaints about beaches being closed due to E. coli and complaints about how muddy the rivers were. Hanna spoke with a farmer about field runoff, documented an illegal ditching problem, and issued four citations related to a construction site where no erosion-prevention measures were taken.
Wardens Hanna and Randy Dunkel, of Cornell, conducted an AIS check in Chippewa County. They spoke to about 45 boaters and 20 shore fishermen. They were impressed with the acceptance and support the public expressed regarding the protection of our waters.
During Operation Dry Water, warden Hanna observed a pickup being operated at a high rate of speed through a campground at 1:30 a.m. The driver left the campground by fish-tailing down a gravel road and then cutting doughnuts at the intersection. Hanna assisted the Clark County Sheriff’s Department by conducting a traffic stop. Numerous violations were observed, including underage drinking. This was one of the passenger’s fifth underage drinking citation. He told Hanna that he couldn’t help it; he likes beer.
Warden Shaun Deeney, of Chippewa Falls, responded to a complaint about people who were intentionally snagging and catching sturgeon by hand in the Chippewa River below the dam in Chippewa Falls. Deeney observed the illegal activity and made arrests for illegal possession of sturgeon during the closed season, snagging, and fishing by illegal methods.
Warden Deeney helped organize the first “Fish Chippewa” youth fishing clinic at Irvine Park. The event was coordinated with the YMCA, Chippewa Rod and Gun Club, and the Chippewa Area Chamber of Commerce. More than 80 kids showed up for the event.
Warden Randy Dunkel, of Cornell, received several nuisance-bear complaints. Dunkel informed the callers of some of the steps to take to deter a bear from staying in the area.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, observed four juvenile males on the Spooner Avenue bridge in Altoona toss their soda cans over the fence and onto Hwy. 53. The parents were contacted, and littering citations were issued.
Warden Thiede provided TV, radio, and newspaper interviews to promote boating safety and how to handle encounters with baby animals. Thiede greeted anglers and kids at the Optimist Club youth fishing event at Lake Hallie and assisted with teaching casting at the youth fishing event in Marshall Park (Duncan Creek) in Chippewa Falls.
Warden Thiede issued numerous citations to anglers fishing without a license, possessing illegal-sized fish, and operating a boat without a safety certificate.
Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, investigated a complaint about dogs chasing deer and turkeys. The owner of the dogs admitted that his dogs had been running at large. The owner decided to take the dogs to a shelter because he could not control them.
Warden Thomson assisted with the annual Fall Creek High School cardboard boat races. The students made boats from cardboard and raced them at the Fall Creek Mill Pond. Thomson was on hand to assist with any “doomed” vessels and ensure the students were safe during the adventure.
Warden Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, cited the owner of a deer farm in Trempealeau County after conducting an inspection of the deer farm fence. Several serious defects in the fence were observed during the inspection.
Warden Barnhardt cited an adult angler for fishing without a license in Strum after observing the angler make several casts. The angler claimed he was not fishing, but was only assisting a 14-year-old companion. Barnhardt had watched the 14-year-old make several casts and retrieves without the assistance of the adult.
Wardens Barnhardt and Thomson conducted boating patrol for Operation Dry Water while on Otter Lake in Chippewa County. They cited two nonresident anglers for fishing without licenses.
Warden Kurt Haas, of Black River Falls, checked three fishermen on the Black River. Haas saw one of them catch a small walleye and heard one of the others say it was an undersized walleye. The fisherman’s companion remarked that the walleye would fry up, just the same. Upon contact, several violations were found, including illegal drug possession. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Haas was on patrol near Hatfield when he observed a UTV being operated illegally on the road. When contacted, the driver said he was looking for his dog that had run away from a cabin. It was found that the man did not own a dog and he made up the story in hopes of getting out of a ticket. Enforcement action was taken.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, worked boating and fishing enforcement in June, with citations issued for various violations. He also talked with boaters and anglers about invasive species and the importance of removing aquatic vegetation from boats and trailers.
Wardens Scharbarth and Hecht made contact with two fishermen on the Wisconsin River. Neither had a valid license, both were under 21 and had several cans of beer with them, and one of the subjects had marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Enforcement action was taken by the wardens and the Portage County Sheriff’s Department.
Warden Scharbarth dealt with a diesel and hydraulic spill at a site where a tree service truck had tipped over, causing injury to the employee in the bucket. Later in the day, Scharbarth was first on the scene at a rollover accident on Hwy. 10, where injuries were minor.
Warden Barry Meister, of Stevens Point, warden supervisor Korey Trowbridge, and deputy warden Hecht participated in the NWTF Jakes Day sponsored by the Isaak Walton League-Bill Cook Chapter in Stevens Point. The wardens operated the DNR laser shot shooting simulator.
Warden Mike Rader, of Wausau, and warden supervisor and Honor Guard OIC Jeremy Peery, of Eau Claire, acted as DNR Conservation Warden Honor Guard for a funeral honoring a retired warden at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.
Wardens Rader and Scharbarth, and DNR water guard Clarissa Justmann conducted an AIS enforcement and education effort in Marathon and Portage counties. They used boat landing checks and on-the-water contacts to monitor compliance and educate the public. Most boaters were aware of the laws and were in compliance. One subject was arrested for boating OWI on Lake Wausau.
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, investigated complaints regarding illegally placing fill in a wetland, unlawfully placing a pier into Lake Dubay, and constructing an illegal boat launch on the Big Eau Pleine.
Warden Leezer investigated an illegal burning complaint near Spencer. He learned that the responsible party’s company had demolished a structure near Marshfield, transported the debris to land owned by the company, and illegally burned the debris. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Leezer completed two deer farm fence inspections.
Warden Leezer issued warnings and citations for the following: illegal operation of an ATV on a road, failing to provide PFDs, fishing without license, possession of undersized fish, unregistered boat, unregistered ATV, underage operation of a boat, and operating a boat in a restricted area.
Warden Ben Herzfeldt, of Schofield, spent most of June patrolling local waters. He issued citations and warnings, with failing to have PFDs being the most common violation. He also dealt with numerous calls related to sick and injured wildlife, captive wildlife, and environmental violations.
Warden Herzfeldt issued a citation to a deer farmer who failed his fence inspection on three separate occasions. Herzfeldt is still working with the subject to get his fence into compliance.
Warden Bryan Lockman, of Wisconsin Rapids, contacted two separate fishermen who overbagged catfish on the Wisconsin River. One of them also had a short smallmouth bass. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Lockman contacted several individuals fishing without licenses, and one who caught and kept a short smallmouth bass. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Fetting and Lockman attended the Kiwanis Youth Education Day near Lake Wazeecha in June. They staffed a laser shooting simulator that focused on proper gun handling and hunter safety.
Warden Fetting spent time in June completing deer farm fence inspections, and enforcing ATV, boating, and fishing laws. Citations and warnings were issued.
Warden Fetting and deputy warden Hecht spent a day of AIS patrol in southern Wood County. They spent time educating boaters and fishermen about AIS.
Warden Bill Miller, of Adams, followed up on a complaint about raccoons in captivity. It was determined the raccoons came from a rehabilitator who had a volunteer helping with the orphaned raccoons. They were not being properly cared for and the cage was insufficient for the number of animals. The rehabber was cited for violations last year by Miller and was again for this situation.
Warden Miller issued citations for people having short fish, no fishing licenses, and boat and ATV violations.
Wardens Miller and Wade Romberg, of Friendship, contacted a grandpa, a father, and two kids fishing on an Adams County lake. The grandpa said he could not find his license, but bought it recently. One of the grandkids said, “You don’t have a license, grandpa, you said so.” As the child continued on, Grandpa told her she should be quiet. It turns out the grandchild was right. A citation was issued.
Warden Romberg issued citations in June for license fraud, fishing without licenses, possession of illegal-sized fish, overbagging of fish, deer-hunting violations, ATV violations, and boating violations.
Wardens Romberg and Miller investigated information about a possible illegal deer in a freezer. They talked with the owners of the freezer and found several deer-hunting violations as a result. They seized an illegal deer and issued citations in the case.
Warden Matt Weber, of Necedah, and deputy warden Hecht arrested a boater on the Wisconsin River for OWI. Weber also arrested two subjects in June for ATV OWI.
Warden Weber responded to complaint about a turtle from a Juneau County deputy. A person who was living at a county park had three painted turtles in a kids swimming pool. The turtles were released, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Weber participated in an AIS group check in Juneau, Wood, and Portage counties. Boaters and fishermen were educated in preventative procedures to control and prevent the spread of invasive species.
Wardens Weber and Barry Fetting worked the conservation warden booth at the Fur Takers Association event in Marshfield.

District 8 — La Crosse area

Warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, attended the first Buffalo County Trout Day on June 8. Jumbeck was assisted by water guard Marcus Medina. They focused on the importance of not transporting invasive species, along with general fishing education.
Warden Chris Shea, of Trempealeau, investigated numerous calls related to sand mines in violation of storm water laws due to heavy rains. Shea assisted DNR environmental staff in conducting several site visits and documenting best management practice violations. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, and other team wardens, in cooperation with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department, Kickapoo Valley Reserve Police Department, town of Ontario Police Department, and DNR parks staff, participated in an enforcement detail on the Kickapoo River. Numerous citations were issued for no PFDs, underage drinking, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Warden Cody Adams, of Crawford County, responded to flash-flooding events in Crawford and Grant counties. Adams evacuated canoers from the Wisconsin River and assisted a farmer with stranded cattle.
Warden Adams is a member of the newly formed DNR Honor Guard that presented at the recruit warden graduation and award ceremonies.
Warden Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, investigated a boating fatality on the Mississippi River in La Crosse. The victim was recovered by the La Crosse dive team. Hochhausen completed the investigation.
Warden Hochhausen organized an AIS education group check for La Crosse County. The wardens educated boaters about the measures that have to be taken to prevent the spread of AIS.
Warden supervisor Tyler Strelow and warden Edward McCann, of La Crosse, patrolled the backwaters of the Mississippi River and contacted a boater who was found to be under the influence of an intoxicant. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Strelow responded to a manure spill and found that the spill was actually an intentional release. The case was referred to environmental enforcement staff.

District 9 — Black River Falls area

No report available.

District 10 — Wautoma area

No report available.

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