Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars April 1st, 2016

District 1 — Ashland area

Wardens Amie Egstad and Tom Heisler worked from snowmobiles in February while checking ice fishermen on Chequamegon Bay. A few hundred people were checked due to it being such a nice Saturday. Two citations were issued for possession of an undersized lake trout and splake.

Warden Lynna Gurnoe, of Bayfield, continued to work snowmobile safety and enforcement in February with a lack of “safe” ice on Lake Superior. Gurnoe issued several warnings for trail sticker placement, trail pass proof, and registration sticker placement. Citations were issued for stop sign violations.

While working snowmobile safety and enforcement, warden Adam Stennett, of Brule, had an ATV operator fail to stop at a trail stop sign on the Tri-County Recreational Trail. He stopped the ATV operator and found that the operator smelled of alcoholic beverages. Field tests were conducted and the operator failed them. Enforcement action is pending.

Warden Matt Koshollek, of Drummond, assisted the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department and Iron River Police Department in a search in the township of Oulu for a missing 14-year-old child with learning disabilities. The girl had been missing since 3:30 p.m. and was outdoors without a winter jacket or gloves in February. Koshollek was requested to respond with his snowmobile to look for the child in the area woods. The girl was found safe before he arrived on the scene. Koshollek worked with the sheriff’s department to make sure all parties involved in the search made it out of the woods safely.

District 2 — Cumberland area

No report available.

District 3 — Park Falls area

Wardens Tim Otto, of Antigo, and Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, performed enforcement efforts during the annual Boom Lake fisharee in Rhinelander. They contacted a 17-year-old who was operating an unregistered ATV, wasn’t wearing a helmet, and had not taken an ATV safety course. The 14-year-old passenger wasn’t wearing a helmet. Enforcement action was taken against the child’s parents.

Warden Andy Dryja, of Langlade County, and warden supervisor Scott Bowe, of Ladysmith, investigated a home that was illegally burned in Langlade County. The property owner also failed to get an asbestos inspection. DNR staff members are following up on the case.

Warden Bryan Harrenstein, of Medford, assisted the Medford Police Department, local fire department, and local ambulance service with a house fire in Medford. Harrenstein was first on the scene. He observed an elderly female in a wheelchair attempting to go into the house. Smoke was pouring out of the house and garage. As Harrenstein attempted to get her to exit the garage with him, she frantically stated that her dog was in the living room. Harrenstein was able to enter the home and retrieve the dog, which was not responsive, and carried it out to the driveway. Harrenstein wheeled the woman out of the garage just as first responders were arriving. Unfortunately, the dog did not make it, but the woman appeared to be uninjured.

Warden Mike Rader, of Merrill, with the assistance of the DNR’s Forestry staff at the Merrill ranger station, completed an investigation of a property owner adjacent to New Wood State Wildlife Area who bulldozed trees and excavated gravel from DNR property to improve his cabin site and access road. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, responded to complaints in February about tip-ups left unattended on Butternut Lake. Michels investigated and found two tip-ups and various personal items left out on the ice in front of a cabin on the lake. Michels later found out the cabin owner had placed the items on the lake, went back to the cabin, and then was arrested by Ashland County Sheriff’s Department deputies for several criminal violations. Additional DNR citations were issued for not purchasing a nonresident fishing license, fishing with unattended lines, and littering.

Wardens Ron Nerva, of Tomahawk, and Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, concluded an illegal deer case in Lincoln County in February. One of the defendants was scheduled for a court trial but did not show on the court date. He was found guilty of being party to the violations of shining with a weapon, possession of an untagged deer, and trespassing.

In response to past complaints about excessive alcohol use and unsafe recreational vehicle use at an ice-fishing tournament, warden Nerva met with event organizers in February and discussed the concerns. The event organizers discontinued selling alcohol and stressed to the participants that this was a family event. The tournament was well run and there were no problems this year.

District 4 — Woodruff area

Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, responded to a complaint in February about three individuals leaving unattended tip-ups out overnight on a lake near Wabeno while in the area working on a lake home. The three anglers left the tip-ups out overnight for consecutive days. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Dahlquist assisted Langlade County Sheriff’s Department deputies with locating an individual who fled law enforcement officers on a snowmobile near Antigo. The operator was found at a local snowmobile event in Forest County and received several citations following the contact.

Warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, assisted the Northland Pines School District in February with its annual ice-fishing clinic on Silver Lake. Price discussed the various regulations pertaining to fishing/boating and assisted the kids with fishing on the lake.

Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, and recruit Blaine Ziarek found six unattended tip-ups near a rental house on Presque Isle Lake that were left out overnight. One of the anglers had previously received a citation for fishing with unattended lines. Enforcement action was taken.

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area

No report available.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, received numerous nuisance- or injured-animal reports in February involving deer, bears, owls, a golden eagle, a Cooper’s hawk, raccoons, and a red-tailed hawk. Most of these animals were injured or killed by collisions with vehicles near roadways.

Warden Bryan Harrenstein, of Chippewa Falls, investigated a complaint about a group of people hunting waterfowl in the Lake Hallie area during the closed season. Harrenstein was assisted by the Lake Hallie Police Department. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden John Schreiber, of Cornell, contacted several different groups of coyote hunters in Chippewa County in February. Schreiber found that two different hunters had shot at coyotes while standing on the roadway. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Schreiber didn’t let the cold weather stop outdoor fun in February. Schreiber assisted with the Cornell-Holcombe School District after-school program of taking kids to ice-fishing events. Schreiber also assisted with the Otter Lake Booster Club’s kids’ fishing day that promotes kids getting into the outdoors. More than 100 kids attended.

Wardens Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, investigated a hotline complaint reporting that a land-spreading firm had spread an unknown, but odorous substance on farm fields south of Eleva. The DNR’s environmental staff members determined that the company was not permitted to land-spread on the site during the winter months.

Wardens Barnhardt and Chris Shea, of Trempealeau, gave presentations on bowhunting and treestand safety to members of the newly formed Trempealeau County 4-H shooting sports group.

Warden Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, assisted wardens from Chippewa County with snowmobile enforcement efforts on Lake Holcombe on a busy Saturday evening in February. Barnhardt stopped and cited a snowmobile operator who was operating across the lake at a speed of 101 mph. During the hours of darkness, snowmobile operators must obey a 55-mph speed limit.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

Wardens Jon Scharbarth and Bryan Lockman, both of Stevens Point, staffed a booth at the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources career fair and talked to college students about DNR careers.

Warden Lockman cited a city resident for the illegal feeding of wildlife. He was warned this past April for the same violation.

Warden Lockman contacted a group of hunters in February who had failed to register multiple deer during the 2015 gun deer season. Enforcement action was taken.

Wisconsin River team wardens staffed a DNR booth and educated customers at the annual Central Wisconsin Deer and Hunting Expo held at the Patriot Center in Rothschild in February.

Warden Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, and warden supervisor Korey Trowbridge staffed a DNR booth at a sportsman’s banquet organized by members of North Ridge Church in Marshfield. More than 400 people attended the event.

Warden Fetting received information in February from a Wood County Sheriff’s Department deputy who observed a coyote hunter standing on a road near the open door of his vehicle, with a rifle in his hand. The deputy located a spent .22-caliber cartridge lying on the roadway and conducted a traffic stop. Fetting met with the individual, who took responsibility for his actions. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Fetting conducted an investigation in February after learning that a man had killed two bucks during the 2015 archery deer season. The man failed to validate his tag, tag or register the first buck he killed, and then used his archery tag on a large buck later in the season. Several charges are pending in this case.

Warden Randy Dunkel, of Wausau, worked with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department on a significant number of complaints in February related to ice-fishing shanties on Lake Wausau, in addition to vehicles being operated in a reckless manner on the ice. Extra patrol effort was put in to address the issues.

Warden Dunkel attended a public outreach event at the Swiderski Equipment customer appreciation day where he discussed issues related to crop damage (nuisance wildlife), deer hunting, old buildings, wetlands, and timber wolf legal status.

Wardens Jon Scharbarth, Bryan Lockman, and Barry Fetting, and warden supervisor Korey Trowbridge, along with several other wardens from across the state, assisted with a body recovery on the Wisconsin River. The body was recovered by divers arranged by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

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