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Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – September 19th, 2014

District 1 — Ashland area

No report available.

District 2 — Cumberland area

No report available.

District 3 — Park Falls area

Warden Tim Otto, of Antigo, with assistance from wardens Ben Herzfeldt, of Wausau, and Jim Horne, of Shawano, completed an investigation in August regarding a pheasant farm owner who had illegally placed foot-hold traps to catch raptors. Enforcement action was taken. The owner received six citations – three citations for illegal pole-trapping of birds and three citations for trapping within 25 feet of sight-exposed bait. The fines totaled about $1,800.
Warden Otto disposed of several cases’ worth of seized fish. The fish were taken to the Raptor Education Group, Inc. to feed birds of prey.
Warden Joe Paul, of Phillips, closed a criminal case in Price County Circuit Court in which a subject was found guilty of shining wild animals while possessing a firearm in the town of Spirit. He was ordered to pay $2,219.50, and his hunting and fishing privileges were revoked for three years.

District 4 — Woodruff area

No report available.

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area

Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, and supervisor David Hausman, of Baldwin, along with wardens Peterson and Kruse, worked a special boating education and enforcement detail to reduce accidents on the St Croix River in August. Numerous citations and warnings were issued, including two OWI arrests. They investigated two accidents. One involved a female who fell out of a boat while docking and received a major injury from the prop. The second involved a boat that capsized from hitting a large wake while towing a tube.
Warden Sickman responded to a call about a deer tangled in a soccer net. Sickman was able to cut the deer free.
In Pierce County, warden Brad Peterson responded to a spill when a pickup left the road and ended up in a private trout pond. Peterson used a small boom and placed it over the spillway that empties into a trout stream to catch the fuel/oil that was leaking from the truck. The pond contained $20,000 worth of trout. The driver was not injured.
Warden Kruse, of Baldwin, got a call about an injured eagle on the shoreline of the Spring Valley Reservoir. Kruse traveled to the location by boat and loaded the eagle into a cage. The eagle was transported to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.
Warden Redemann contacted a vehicle parked at the Thompson Lake boat landing in Durand. There was a large pile of garbage that the occupants had dumped on the ground. State Patrol and the Pepin County Sheriff’s Department were called to assist due to suspicious behavior by the occupants. A littering citation was issued, and one occupant was taken to jail on drug charges.
Warden Redemann assisted the Pepin County Sheriff’s Department with a call about an individual who had been pushed off of a moving train and was found on the banks of Lake Pepin. Redemann was nearby when the call came, and assisted paramedics in providing treatment. Redemann helped carry the injured party up the bank and to the closest road, where he was taken by ambulance. This incident is being investigated by the Pepin County Sheriff’s Department.
Warden Redemann issued citations to a UTV operator who was illegally driving on a Pepin County highway at speeds of 40 mph with his 2- and 5-year-old children. The children were not wearing helmets and were not belted in. Citations for no seat belts and careless operation were issued, along with six warnings for other UTV violations.
Warden Redemann responded to a call about an empty canoe that was floating down the Chippewa River. Redemann located individuals who were camping about 8 miles north of where the canoe was found. The campers woke up and found their canoe had been swept downriver due to water levels rising overnight. Redemann and Pepin County residents assisted in getting the canoe back to the campers.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, in August took numerous nuisance-wildlife complaints. In one instance, a woman flipped on her porch light to see a bear standing up against the window she was looking out. The bear tried to get into the house by pushing on the sliding-glass door and kitchen door. Hanna also took complaints about beavers, raccoons, skunks, and sandhill cranes getting into gardens and sweet corn.
Warden Harrenstein was requested by the investigative unit of the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department to assist with the shutdown of a bar/restaurant on Lake Holcombe. Harrenstein assisted with coverage to secure and escort patrons out of the building. Harrenstein then assisted with the removal of $8,000 to $10,000 worth of alcohol. The alcohol was placed in secure storage at the sheriff’s department.
Warden John Schreiber, of Cornell, worked fishing enforcement on a Sunday afternoon. Five of the six fisherman he contacted did not have licenses, and three were fishing illegally inside a fish refuge. Enforcement action was taken and several warnings were issued. On a similar occasion, Schreiber and warden supervisor Jeremy Peery contacted several fisherman on the Chippewa River who did not to have licenses. One fisherman said, “Honestly, I just didn’t buy a license because I didn’t think I’d get checked by a warden today.”
Warden Scott Thiede used his patrol boat to tow a stranded boater when a family from out of state lost the outboard propeller on their rented pontoon while vacationing on the Holcombe Flowage.
Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, received notification of a 2011 illegal-deer case that recently was adjudicated in Chippewa County. The person who shot the deer was fined $2,000 and lost his hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses for three years.
Warden Thomson investigated a complaint about bear hunters driving around a gate on county land to train their dogs. Thomson located two trucks that had been driven around a county forest gate that was posted with a sign forbidding vehicle traffic. The offenders were turned over to the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department for enforcement action.
Wardens Barnhardt and Collette responded to an ATV injury crash that occurred near Ettrick. The operator was checking his fence line when the ATV rolled over and the handlebar of the ATV pinned the operator’s arm to the ground. The victim was trapped under the ATV for several hours before someone noticed he was missing. The victim was airlifted to a hospital.
Wardens Barnhardt and Collette observed two ATVs being operated by adults on an ATV route near Fairchild. Each ATV was carrying a young child as a passenger, and neither child was wearing a helmet. Enforcement action was taken against the mother, who was operating one of the ATVs.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

Warden Nick Wallor, of Wisconsin Rapids, received a call that a bald eagle had been injured in a collision with a vehicle. Wallor captured the eagle and met with a volunteer member of the community who transported the eagle to a rehabilitator.
Warden Randy Dunkel received information that bowfishermen were shooting carp and then releasing them. Dunkel found an archer had shot a carp, took pictures with it, and then released it. Citations and warnings were issued to the people involved.
Warden Paul Leezer investigated a complaint regarding the illegal feeding of deer in the town of Rib Mountain. Leezer located the feed and forwarded the information to the town of Rib Mountain for ordinance violations.
Warden Ben Herzfeldt investigated a complaint regarding a crop-damage hunter from Minnesota who did not register his deer. Herzfeldt was assisted by a Minnesota conservation officer who visited the suspect at his residence and inspected the deer to ensure it was an antlerless deer, since only antlerless deer may be harvested for the crop-damage program. The deer was a legal antlerless deer, but the suspect did not register it. The suspect was cited.
Warden Bryan Lockman, of Stevens Point, contacted shore fishermen who had brought live crayfish into the state to use as bait on the Wisconsin River. The group was educated about the laws, the crayfish were seized, and a citation was issued.
Warden Wade Romberg, of Friendship, worked with a DNR Water Resource Management specialist to remove a tarp that was staked on a lake bed to kill the vegetation so the homeowner could have a clear swim area. A citation was issued for the illegal removal of vegetation, and the tarp was ordered to be removed.

District 8 — La Crosse area

No report available.

District 9 — Black River Falls area

Warden Kurt Haas, of Black River Falls, observed a personal watercraft being driven in circles next to the West Arbutus swim beach in Jackson County. Haas also observed two small children standing on shore who were getting splashed by the watercraft. After contact, the subject stated he was driving about 25 mph and was within 20 feet of the small children while splashing them. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Haas forwarded an illegal deer-hunting case from December 2013 to the Jackson County district attorney’s office for processing. The case concluded, and the defendant was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of THC, and Illegally hunting deer. The defendant was ordered to pay a fine and was ordered to work 60 hours at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee.

District 10 — Wautoma area

No report available.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

No report available.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit

On Aug. 31, the Green Bay team conducted an aquatic invasive species group check in Manitowoc County for the day. Most people were in compliance, but two subjects were cited for fishing without a license on Wilke Lake, and one was cited for a PFD violation on Bullhead Lake.

District 13 — Oshkosh area

Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, contacted numerous people placing duck blinds and signs on Rush Lake before blinds could lawfully be placed for waterfowl hunting.
Warden Kyle Kosin, of Campbellsport, initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle pulling a boat trailer and operating on a Hwy. 67 south of Dundee in Fond du Lac County. The trailer axle was covered in aquatic weeds. The operator intended to clean the weeds off when he arrived at his house. The weeds were cleaned off immediately and placed into a garbage bag.

District 14 — Sheboygan area

No report available.

District 15 — Milwaukee area

Warden Matt Groppi worked on Pine Lake with the village of Chenequa boat patrol and contacted two anglers who were in possession of undersized northern pike and smallmouth bass. The anglers stated they were planning on transporting the fish to a pond near their home to stock the pond. Groppi explained the violations involving transport of live fish and stocking without a permit. Enforcement was taken for possession of undersize game fish.
Wardens Mitch Groenier and Rick Reed assisted with a boating group check in Walworth County. They arrested one individual for operating a boat while intoxicated.
While traveling home after patrol, warden Gervis Myles observed a small crowd near 15th and Atkinson. Moments later, Myles heard a police radio call about shots fired in same vicinity. Myles responded by notifying the Milwaukee Police Department of his presence in the area and found a subject with various bullet wounds. Myles provided city officers with confirming information related to various calls to their dispatch and was joined on the scene by responding officers.
Warden Steve Sanidas responded to complaint in Mukwonago regarding the illegal transport of aquatic vegetation on a trailer. Sanidas contacted the suspect at the boat landing and found the individual to be over the daily bag limit of northern pike. Enforcement action was taken.

District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area

Warden Brandon Smith observed a father and his children operating an ATV, UTV, and go-cart along Hwy. 50 in Paddock Lake and on an adjacent property where they did not have permission to ride. Numerous ATV and UTV violations were found, including underage operation with no ATV safety certificate, no registration, operating on a highway, no helmets, and trespass. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Brad Latza, of Racine, and Warden John Sinclair, of Kenosha, assisted a boat operator on Lake Michigan whose boat was taking on water. The wardens assisted the fisherman to safety.
Warden Juan Gomez, of Walworth County, organized boating enforcement efforts on Lake Beulah. Gomez estimated there were about 100 boats at the tie-up having a party. Three arrests for OWI were made. Several other violations were observed, which resulted in citations.

District 17 — Madison area

No report available.

District 18 — Poynette area

No report available.

District 19 — Dodgeville area

Warden Ryan Caputo responded to a call about a person who was struck by a boat while tubing on the Sugar River. The person was not injured and provided a good description of the suspect. Caputo and sheriff’s deputies made contact with the suspect, and charges will be referred to the Green County district attorney.
Warden Webster responded to a search-and-rescue effort in which a woman was tossed from her horse when it spooked and ran off at the Yellowstone State Wildlife Area. Webster located the victim, transported her to an ambulance, and then returned to the location on ATV to lead her sister and another horse a couple miles cross-country, back to their horse trailer.

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