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Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – July 10th, 2015

District 3 — Park Falls area

Warden Nick Nice, of Medford, contacted two turkey hunters in May who he had heard using electronic turkey calls in violation of state law. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Nice and other wardens from the Park Falls team participated in the annual youth expo for 350 fifth-graders from Taylor County and surrounding counties.

Warden Mike Rader, of Merrill, and the Lincoln County recreation deputy contacted a subject fishing at Grandmother Dam. The subject was found to be in possession of six illegal-sized walleyes. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Rader contacted a subject with a pickup truck load of illegally harvested timber on county forest land south of Tomahawk. The wood was seized, and the timber theft case was referred to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department recreation deputy for enforcement action.

Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, organized a youth fishing event for 70 local third-grade students at the Coolidge Springs Trout Farm near Fifield in Price County.

Warden Joe Paul, of Phillips, received information regarding some illegal-trapping activity on the North Fork of the Jump River with the season closed. The suspects were located, and enforcement action was taken.

Warden Paul was requested by the Price County Sheriff’s Department to assist by boat with a submerged truck in about 8 to 10 feet of water in Stone Lake. The intoxicated operator drove the truck into the lake at the boat landing. The driver and passenger escaped. The sheriff’s department took enforcement action.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Over Memorial Day weekend, warden Adam Hanna observed a fisherman throw a pop can into the woods along the river bank in the city of Black River Falls. Upon contact, Hanna discovered that he had cited the same subject for the same violation a couple of years ago in Neillsville. The subject also had an outstanding arrest warrant and was turned over to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Warden Hanna investigated several instances of homeowners burning illegal substances, such as household garbage, tires, business waste, and a trailer home.

Warden Hanna observed numerous ATV violations in May, including illegal operation on a highway, operating on a roadway without headlights, operating without an ATV safety certification, and operating at high speeds. Enforcement action was taken in several instances.

Warden Bryan Harrenstein and John Schreiber of Chippewa County recently received a disposition on a case involving two snowmobile operators who fled at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour after dark on Lake Holcombe. One of the operators was convicted of two criminal counts of fleeing from a law enforcement officer, while the other pleaded to civil forfeiture violations. The court also confiscated one of the snowmobiles.

Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, contacted the operator of a pontoon boat when a passenger was riding illegally on the deck outside of the railing. The boat operator, under the legal drinking age and was arrested for intoxicated operation of the motorboat – an absolute sobriety violation.

Warden Thiede located several boxes of household items dumped in the county forest. The boxes were labeled “free,” as if they had been leftover items from a garage sale. An investigation located the person responsible for the illegal disposal of solid waste. Enforcement action was taken. 

Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, investigated two different deer farm escapes in May when storms and wind blew trees onto a fence. All but four deer were captured and returned to the farm.

Warden Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, responded to assist Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department deputies who were on the scene with an injured owl that had flown into a moving dump truck. The deputies captured the injured owl and turned it over to Barnhardt. Barnhardt transported the owl to a wildlife rehabber who is licensed to keep and care for raptors. At last report, the owl was recovering and was expected to be released soon. 

Warden Barnhardt worked an aquatic invasive species enforcement detail on the Mississippi River near Trempealeau during the Memorial Day weekend. Several citations and many warnings were issued during the detail. 

Warden Kurt Haas, of Black River Falls, was contacted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department regarding a turkey-hunting complaint about a turkey being shot without permission on private property.

Warden Haas completed an investigation into several areas of graffiti at the Castle Mound Recreational Area. After a detailed investigation, teenage suspects where identified. Enforcement action was taken, which included the teenagers and their parents cleaning up the graffiti.

District 17 — Madison area

Warden Boyd Richter, of Janesville, investigated a complaint about a subject failing to register a turkey that was shot during the spring. The subject was found to have shot the turkey several weeks earlier, but failed to report the harvest as required. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, assisted other Madison-area conservation wardens with enforcement activity on the opening night of the game fish season. Citations were issued for illegal transport of water from the Yahara River. Dieckhoff also issued many warnings for transporting live fish.

Wardens Dieckhoff and Ryan Caputo, of Green County, worked together on a rainy day in the western part of Rock County. They located a vehicle that had been driven onto state lands past a sign that specifically prohibited that activity. Also located during the contact was marijuana, synthetic marijuana, and a marijuana pipe. Enforcement action was taken for operating a vehicle in an unauthorized area, possession of marijuana on state land, and possession of drug paraphernalia on state land.

Warden Dieckhoff located a pickup truck whose operator was spinning doughnuts and damaging the DNR parking lot off Hopkins Road. The vehicle was observed spraying mud and operating in circles before leaving the area. Upon contact, open intoxicants were found in the vehicle, as well as two underaged occupants who had been drinking. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Dieckhoff and deputy warden Kyle Johnson observed water draining from the livewell and plug hole of a boat being towed south on I-90. Contact was made, and the water was from the hull of the boat and livewell. The water was from the Castle Rock Flowage at Buckhorn State Park. The anglers were headed home to Illinois while illegally transporting the water that also contained some weeds. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Dieckhoff and Caputo worked the Cheese Country Trail for ATV compliance on the Memorial Day weekend. They located a pair of ATVers riding off of the trail. The operators fled from the wardens for a short distance and did eventually stop. The operators were under 18 and were not wearing helmets, as required. They also did not have permission to operate in the farmer’s standing cornfield off of the trail.

Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, issued several citations in May to anglers for fishing in a refuge below the Wingra dam in Madison. Bauman had been patrolling and investigating complaints at the time.

Warden Jake Donar, of Madison, and warden supervisor Nate Kroeplin were on patrol on Lake Mendota when they contacted a shore fisherman who was using two fishing rods. Upon investigation, the wardens found that the fishermen had three hooks (baited with worms) about 10 inches apart on each line. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kyle Dilley, of Madison, closed an illegal-baiting complaint that began in October 2014. During the investigation, Dilley also located evidence of illegal turkey baiting. Through the investigation the suspects for both violations were located and enforcement action taken.

Warden Dilley received a call from the Stoughton Police Department about a subject who was apprehended for off-roading in a city park. The same suspect also was found to be chasing adult Canada geese and their goslings with his pickup truck. Several witnesses videotaped the ordeal. Enforcement action was taken.

District 18 — Poynette area

Warden Michael Weber, of Wisconsin Dells, contacted four nonresident individuals fishing near Kaminski Park on Lake Delton. During the contact, Weber found that none of the individuals had valid fishing licenses. Weber also found that one individual was in possession of three undersized smallmouth bass. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Sean Neverman, of Prairie du Sac, attended numerous meetings, trainings, and group educational events throughout the month of May, including an aquatic invasive species group check in Dodge County, hunter education talks, and Sauk County Sheriff’s Department boating enforcement training.

While working boating and fishing enforcement on Lake Wisconsin, warden Ryan Volenberg, of Poynette, arrested a boater for possession of marijuana/THC and drug paraphernalia after observing him smoking marijuana with his two children.

Warden Paul Nell, of Horicon, received a call about anglers keeping undersized fish by the Neosho dam in Dodge County. Nell located two men who were in possession of three undersized bass.

Wardens on the Poynette team participated in an aquatic invasive species group check near Fox Lake and Beaver Dam Lake in Dodge County. Citations were issued for illegal transport of water/live fish, possession of illegal-sized fish, littering, and failing to release foul-hooked fish. Numerous warnings also were given for various violations. 

While working boating and fishing enforcement on Lake Wisconsin, warden Volenberg received a complaint about a loud boat. Volenberg was able to locate the boat and issued the boat owner a citation for exceeding the 86dB noise limit. The boat tested at 95dB. Volenberg had issued the same individual a ticket for the same violation two summers earlier for a different boat. 

Warden Volenberg and a deputy warden took enforcement action for fishing without a license, operating a boat without valid registration, operating a watercraft within 200 feet of the shoreline, littering, and absolute sobriety while working on Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River on the Memorial Day weekend.

District 19 — Dodgeville area

Wardens Caputo and Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, had two ATV operators flee from them while working on the Cheese Country Trail. After a short pursuit, the two operators stopped. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Mike Nice, of Richland Center, and Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, took enforcement action against eight hunters who failed to register their turkeys. Nice and Adams also located a trout fisherman who was trespassing on private property and was fishing during the closed season. 

Warden Nick Webster received information about ATVers illegally operating on a roadway that was not an ATV route and later located three individuals operating illegally on the roadway. Warnings and enforcement actions were taken. 

Warden Al Erickson, of Dodgeville, has completed a deer-feeding case involving large quantities of corn and mineral and has issued citations for the violations.

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