Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – August 8th, 2014

District 1 — Ashland area

Warden John Krull, of Superior, issued citations in June for fishing with too many lines, no fishing license, overbagging on walleyes, and operating an ATV on a road.
Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, was contacted in regards to a commercial gill net being set in an area where they were not allowed at that time of year. Egstad responded to the location on Lake Superior with warden Lynna Gurnoe and Lucas Cadotte (Red Cliff tribal warden). The wardens contacted a Red Cliff fisherman who was picking up his gill net that had been placed the previous afternoon. Enforcement action was taken by the tribal warden.
Wardens Egstad and Gurnoe, of Bayfield, put on a disabled veterans fishing day on Lake Superior with the help of the ABC Sportsmen’s Club, Washburn Marina, and area fishermen who took out 13 vets for the day. A cookout was done in the afternoon at the Washburn marina.
Warden Matt Mackenzie, of Ashland, received a complaint about ongoing trespass with a person in possession of fresh deer carcasses. A landowner found the suspect stuck in the mud on his land. The person was contracted by the local car-killed deer contractor to help remove deer from Bayfield County roads. He was trying to save the landfill fee for additional profits. The action resulted in his termination.

District 2 — Cumberland area

Warden Phil Dorn, of Cumberland, worked with a local Cumberland club on an annual kids fishing day. About 40 kids showed up with parents at Beaver Dam Lake.
Warden Jesse Ashton, of Luck, contacted two subjects loading their boat at the landing in Balsam Lake. When checking their licenses, Ashton determined the subjects had fished all week and were leaving the next morning. They were in possession of about 430 filleted frozen bluegills harvested from Balsam Lake, or about 230 fish over their possession limit. Ashton seized all fish, and all four subjects were cited for a total of more than $4,000.
Wardens Ashton and Dustin Gabrielson responded to a complaint that a bear may have been illegally shot in the town of Sterling near Cushing. Ashton conducted a traffic stop and located two subjects who had an illegal untagged bear in the back of their truck. The bear was a unique cinnamon-phase black bear. The subject shot and killed the bear because he considered it a nuisance in his yard. The wardens learned that the bear was probably attracted to the subject’s yard due to illegally placed deer feed. Several charges are pending on the shooter and the subject who was assisting him in removing the bear from his property.
Warden Jon Hagen, of Spooner, and recruit Darrow checked Shell Lake for boating and fishing activity. They contacted a subject who had a fish basket that contained eight illegal-size smallmouth and largemouth bass tied to his pier. They issued one citation for size and one warning for overbagging.
Warden Thomas Heisler, of Winter, attended the Winter Lakes Alliance kids fishing day on Lake Winter.
Warden Rick Peters, of Hayward, and recruit Schoeneck assisted DNR fisheries staff at a kids fishing event in Hayward. Around 200 kids came to Schue’s Pond and tried their luck at catching bluegills.
Wardens Peters and Schoeneck investigated a report of a deer that had been shot outside of Hayward. Sawyer County deputies had located juvenile suspects.
Wardens Dave Swanson, of Minong, and recruit warden Wayland investigated an incident of a shot being fired from shore in the direction of two young boys in a boat on the Trego Flowage. A cabin owner had shot at a red squirrel on a tree between the cabin and the lake with full knowledge that the boys were on the lake. A report will be forwarded to the Washburn County D.A.
Wardens Swanson and Wayland responded to a call about a fawn stuck in a fenced area in Minong. The doe had been on the outside of the fence trying to get to the fawn. They captured the fawn and released it in a wooded area where the doe had been seen.

District 3 — Park Falls area

Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, received a complaint about a bulldozer being operated in a wetland near Glidden. Michels found that a landowner was attempting to excavate a 20-foot-wide path through a spruce/tamarack swamp to install a power line to his cabin. He did not have a permit for depositing fill in a wetland as a result of the excavated stumps and soil. Action is pending.
Warden Michels reported that three defendants in a bear-poaching case from the fall of 2013 were convicted in Price County Circuit Court. They paid a total of $2,312 in fines, drew six years of DNR license revocations, and the firearm and a trail camera were ordered confiscated by the court.
Warden Ron Nerva, of Tomahawk, and Lincoln County deputy Travis Watruba detected an oil spill on Lake Mohawksin. They worked with PCA on containment and cleanup of the spill. It was not determined that the mill was the cause of the spill, but the mill worked with the DNR on the cleanup in a timely manner.
Warden Tim Otto, of Antigo, assisted the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department with a boating accident. A non-swimmer had jumped off of a tube and drowned.
Warden Otto assisted the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department with an armed subject who had threatened his wife and fled from officers. The subject was stopped by stop sticks and was found to be holding a rifle to his head. After about a three-hour standoff, the subject surrendered without incident.
Warden Joe Paul, of Phillips, closed a poaching case in Price County Circuit Court. A resident of Ogema was found guilty of shining deer and was ordered to pay $2,219.50. His hunting and fishing privileges were revoked for three years; his rifle, scoped crossbow, and a large 10-point buck were confiscated by the court.
Warden Paul closed a shining case in Price County Circuit Court. A subject was found guilty of shining deer while in possession of a pistol in the town of Spirit. He was ordered to pay $2,219.50. His hunting and fishing privileges were revoked for three years, and his pistol and spotlight were confiscated by the court.
Warden Paul closed a hunt-deer-without-a-license case in Price County Circuit Court. The subject was found guilty. The subject had altered his 2012 backtag to make it appear as a 2013 backtag. He was ordered to pay $2,219.50. His licenses were revoked for three years, and the rifle he used was returned to his step-father.

District 4 — Woodruff area

Wardens Mike Sealander, of St. Germain, and Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, assisted the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department with the recovery of a missing boating victim. The wardens used a remote-operated vehicle equipped with sonar and video. The victim was recovered after about two hours.
Wardens Tim Price, of Eagle River, Kelly Crotty, of Florence, Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, and Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, conducted a Learn to Fish (muskies) event with local volunteers. Ten participants attended, and one 34.5-inch muskie was caught and released, along with several northern pike. Local guides and DNR fisheries staff assisted with the event.
Warden Dahlquist and the Forest County Sheriff’s Department held an ATV safety course in Crandon for 18 students. All passed and received a $100 gift certificate for an ATV helmet. The gift certificates were donated by the Wabeno Lions Club.
Warden Pat Novesky, of Three Lakes, was asked to assist the Forest County Sheriff’s Department after it had received several 911 calls from a family who reported a subject attempting to force entry to their cabin and yelling that he was going to kill the occupants. Novesky and a Vilas County deputy took the suspect into custody without incident. The family was unharmed, but several of the cabin windows were broken and the suspect had injuries to his hands and arms from breaking the glass.
Warden Tim Ebert, of Woodruff, assisted the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department on two occasions in June. The first assist involved locating a person who was reported to have pointed a firearm at himself and then at a passing motorist. The second assist occurred when a motorist was reported to possibly be driving while intoxicated. Ebert observed the vehicle and reported its location to the sheriff’s department.
Warden Thole attended the Lakeland Union High School senior awards day. He assisted World Muskie Classic Fishing Tournament organizer, Beth Kebl, present a scholarship to a student in the name of former Boulder Junction game warden Ben Bendrick.
Warden Jung contacted an angler fishing without a license. A records check revealed two outstanding warrants. Enforcement action was taken for no license, and the person was taken into custody by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department.

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area

Warden Brad Peterson, of River Falls, received a call from the Raptor Center in Minnesota about an injured peregrine falcon in Prescott stuck on a railroad bridge. Peterson located the female fledgling and caught it. He could not see any injuries on the falcon, but got the falcon to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, where they stated it would need to spend the night to be checked out. A couple of days later, center personnel called Peterson and said they were going to release the falcon at Prescott. The falcon was released and flew right into an oncoming train, which severed off one of its legs. It was taken back to the Raptor Center and is expected to survive.
Warden Redemann received numerous calls about a collared wolf living in a woodlot just east of Durand. After seeing photos, it was determined to be a husky mix. The dog was lured out of the woods and into a garage with a sandwich. The dog is being cared for, and attempts to find the owner are ongoing.
Warden Redemann received a call from a Durand fisherman who waded across the Eau Galle River below the dam when the water was at safe levels for crossing the river. The dam was opened up soon after, and the man’s tackle box and supplies were rushed away in the current. The man was trapped between the steep rock wall behind him and the high water. Wardens responded and contact was made with staff to close the dam so the waters could recede and the fisherman could safely make it back to shore.
Warden Cleven, of Colfax, received reports about subjects “mud bogging” on an unauthorized area on DNR land. Cleven found extensive rut damage caused by the 4×4 trucks. Cleven found four trucks attempting to pull an F-150 out of the mud. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Cleven saw an elderly man fishing from a bridge high above a trout stream. The man had a large brown trout on his line. The man said he couldn’t land the big trout because he was afraid it would break his 4-pound-test line. Cleven went down the bank, crawled toward the stream, reached down, and grabbed the trout by its jaw and brought the fish onto shore. The trout was just over 19 inches long.
In June, warden Isaac Kruse, of Baldwin, patrolled lakes and rivers in St. Croix County for boating and fishing violations. He issued warnings and citations for fishing without a license, failure to provide PFDs, failure to have a fire extinguisher on board, and operating a boat without registration.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, took numerous wildlife complaints in June, including a man who had a raccoon family living in a shed on his property, two car-killed bears, bobcats living in a wood pile, a sick deer, bear cubs at a bird feeder, and a peacock living in the wild.
Warden Bryan Harrenstein, of Chippewa Falls, dealt with a rash of violations involving the illegal taking of sturgeon. In June alone, there were eight known incidents in which sturgeon were snagged, netted, or taken by hand. Harrenstein has been able to successfully issue citations for taking fish by illegal means due to other fishermen who are calling in to report these violations.
Wardens John Schreiber, of Cornell, and Harrenstein observed two individuals snagging sturgeon and catching sturgeon by hand below the Chippewa Falls dam. The two individuals were juveniles. The wardens talked to the youths about their actions. Their parents decided to have the kids coordinate with the wardens to clean up garbage along the river.
Wardens Schreiber and Bryan Harrenstein observed two males snagging, netting, and hand-catching sturgeon below the Chippewa dam. One of the individuals knew the season was not open and that you could not hand-catch or snag sturgeon. Chippewa Falls police officers assisted the wardens, and drug paraphernalia and underage drinking violations were uncovered.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, contacted a group of four men from Pennsylvania fishing from the shoreline of the Chippewa River at the city shops. The men had driven a rental SUV on a cross-country fishing trip adventure. Only one of the four men had a Wisconsin fishing license.
Warden Thiede investigated citizen complaints in June about illegal septic disposal, photos of an undersized muskie on social media, fawn sightings, illegal possession of baby raccoons, destruction of active swallow nests, chemicals washed into a storm drain, deer feeding, and a deer chasing a woman from her garden.
Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, received notice that a case from November was adjudicated in June. The case involved a man who shot a bear during the gun deer season. The man pleaded guilty to shooting a bear during the closed season without a permit. The charge of obstructing a warden was dismissed, but was read into the disposition. The man paid a fine of $2,500 and lost his DNR privileges for three years.
Warden Thomson received numerous calls about a boat that was abandoned on Lake Eau Claire early in June. All identification had been ground off the boat. Thomson learned that a man had recently bought the boat at an auction, sold the motor and trailer, then dumped the boat in the lake to avoid paying to properly dispose of the boat. The man removed the boat from the lake and was issued a citation.
Warden Kurt Haas, of Black River Falls, investigated illegal dumping in the Jackson County Forest that included carpet and dry wall. A contractor dumped the items. Enforcement action was taken.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

Warden Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, responded to a complaint from a farmer in Wood County in June who believed one of his calves was killed by a wolf. Upon arrival, Fetting located fresh wolf tracks at the location of the kill site and forwarded the information to USDA agent Barry Benson.
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, was called by the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, requesting assistance for a disabled boat on Lake Wausau. Leezer responded and towed the disabled vessel and passengers to a location where they could be picked up by family and friends.
Warden Ben Herzfeldt, of Schofield, was called to a complaint involving a bear that was hit by a car that had two uninjured cubs running around. The sow climbed a power pole and was electrocuted. USDA Wildlife Services personnel trapped two cubs the next morning. Herzfeldt transported the cubs to volunteers at a rehab facility who then transported the cubs to the rehabilitation center in Rhinelander.
Warden Randy Dunkel, of Wausau, assisted two fishermen in gathering proof that their burbot (freshwater cod) was a record fish in Wisconsin. Dunkel located a certified scale and documented the weight. The information gathered by Dunkel showed that the burbot was indeed a record fish when taken by means other than hook and line.
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, worked with DNR fisheries staff to change the classification on an area water body that had been designated as trout water, and, as such, is closed to fishing when the trout season is not open. This body of water, known locally as Springville Pond, will now be open during the regular fishing season.
Warden Matt Weber, of Necedah, assisted Tomah Police Department officers with a squirrel complaint. A squirrel had jumped out of the bushes onto an 8-year-old and scratched his legs. When an officer arrived, the squirrel ran up the officer’s leg and bit her on the arm. The squirrel was being illegally kept as a pet by a nearby resident. The squirrel was quarantined.
Warden Kyle Lynch, of Mauston, assisted the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation of an ATV accident near Camp Douglas. It was found that there were no reportable injuries. Multiple violations were committed, and action was taken.

District 8 — La Crosse area

Warden Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, and recruit Adam Stennett met with a landowner regarding illegal bait on his property. The landowner had placed more than 1,000 gallons of corn, oats, rye, and sunflower seeds. The landowner removed the bait, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Chris Shea, of Trempealeau, and recruit Paul Hartrick investigated a complaint about someone illegally cutting hay on the Lakes Coulee State Wildlife Area. They contacted the suspect, who admitted to cutting the hay. The suspect said he did so because he saw other farmers doing so in previous years. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Shea and Hartrick worked with other area wardens to conduct an AIS patrol near La Crosse. Wardens observed numerous vehicles leave landings without removing vegetation from boats and trailers. They conducted traffic stops and interviewed the drivers. Enforcement action was taken for drivers who were aware of the laws and failed to remove the aquatic vegetation.

District 9 — Black River Falls area

No report available.

District 10 — Wautoma area

Warden Ackerman, of Berlin, checked fishermen at the Berlin dam. One subject used a small dip net to catch frogs, a turtle, and tadpoles and put them in his truck. Action was taken for taking a turtle out of season. A warning was given for transporting water away from the shore.
Warden Ackerman contacted a subject who was fishing in a bass club tournament. The subject first said he was bass fishing, but he had a limit of bass in the livewell. He then said he was pike fishing. The subject was found to have been bass fishing and culling, which is illegal except for permitted tournaments. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ted Dremel, of Waupaca, worked boating and fishing enforcement in his area and on the Wolf River. Dremel issued citations for short fish, fishing without a license, and various boating violations.
Wardens Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, and Jeff Knorr, of Fremont, contacted an individual who was fishing on the Wolf River and did not have his fishing license with him. The nonresident found to have purchased a resident fishing license the past two years. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Kernosky spent much of June patrolling the Wolf River for boating and fishing violations. Multiple fishing and boating citations and warnings were issued.
Warden Benjamin Mott, of Wautoma, was working on John’s Lake when he checked a few fishermen. There was only one wearable PFD on board for two adults and one child. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, located two tagged 160 Conibear traps in road rights of way. One of the traps was still set; the other held a decomposed rabbit. The trapper was located, and action was taken.
Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, dealt with individuals intentionally snagging northern pike on the Pigeon River.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

Warden James Horne, of Shawano, again responded to a call about an individual who shot many of the young goslings in his yard. Charges are pending.
Warden David Oginski Jr., of Wausaukee, and deputy warden KaYeng Vue worked an AIS check in the Shawano area. They contacted two fishermen who had water in a cooler with fish. One fisherman did not have a license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Lee Posusta, of Lakewood, received a complaint regarding ATVs traveling side by side and too fast on a posted 10 mph road. Posusta worked the area and contacted the local ATV clubs for their assistance. The club improved the signs.
Warden Michael Stahl, of Oconto Falls, investigated a complaint about subjects taking a large snapping turtle from the Oconto River. Enforcement action was taken, as the season did not open until July 15.

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