Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – June 10th, 2016

District 2 — Cumberland area

Wardens Dustin Gabrielson, of Webster, and Jesse Ashton, of Luck, found three individuals on the St. Croix River in April to be in possession of six smallmouth bass during the closed season. One female attempted to conceal one of the illegal fish in her jacket. The illegal fish; however, flopped out of her jacket during the contact. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Joshua Loining, of Rice Lake, and Jon Hagen, of Spooner, assisted the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department in April with a burglary-in-progress call. The wardens assisted in a search for suspects on a property just south of Spooner.

Wardens Loining and Phil Dorn, of Cumberland, observed a subject on a pontoon boat on Turtle Lake operating at night without navigation lights. Loining and Dorn contacted Barron County Sheriff’s Department deputies to assist. Upon contact, the subject was determined to have been operating a motorboat while under the influence of an intoxicant. The subject became disorderly during the contact and began to fight with the officers. The subject was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, battery to a law enforcement officer and operating a motorboat while under the influence of an intoxicant.

District 10 — Wautoma area

Warden Nathan Ackerman, of Berlin, responded to an in-progress hotline complaint in April of fishing in the refuge below the Eureka dam. An investigation by Ackerman showed four subjects had been fishing in the refuge. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Ackerman and recruit warden Erika Taylor, of Madison, checked shore fishermen on Green Lake. Ackerman recognized a person who was revoked from fishing doing so near the Hwy. K bridge. The individual saw Ackerman’s truck and attempted to put rods down. After contacting him it was found that he was fishing after revocation (second offense), fishing with too many baits and being in violation of a bail bond. A report will be referred to the district attorney’s office.

Warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, and recruit Kyle Johnson contacted an individual in April who was turkey hunting and was found to be hunting over sunflower seeds. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Ben Mott, of Wautoma, worked with deputy warden Mike Butler during a nighttime group check on the Wolf River. Mott and Butler noticed an individual launch a boat, park the boat and operate the boat on the river. The individual had extremely loud music playing and was yelling, singing, and swearing while driving down the river. The wardens observed the individual dock at a fishing raft with friends. During the license check it was found that the individual did not have a license on him and the individual had been drinking. The wardens escorted the individual to the landing where it was found that the individual was intoxicated and was then placed under arrest. The individual was over twice the legal limit.

Warden Mott responded with the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department to a house that had something burning in the back yard during a fire ban. An individual was found to be burning tree branches and other yard waste without a permit. The individual was issued a warning. Mott then assisted the deputy with an arrest of an individual who was in violation of his court-ordered bond conditions.

Warden Mott found an individual fishing along the Mecan River near Hwy. 21 in April. The individual was found to be fishing in a closed stretch of the stream. There are only certain portions of certain streams that are open to the early catch-and-release season. The individual stated he had not read the regulations and just assumed that because he was not keeping the fish he was fine.

Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, assisted the Little Wolf Gobblers and the Shadows on the Wolf with their turkey learn-to-hunt events.

Wardens Schraufnagel and Alyssa Gove, of Shawano, were asked by the Shawano Fire Department to assist with a dog stranded on an island on the Wolf River. The dog had been on the island for more than a day when a shoreline owner noticed the animal and reported it. The dog had attempted to return to the shoreline but was unable to because of the fast current. Schraufnagel responded with his patrol boat and retrieved the dog. The owners and their young daughter were very happy to have their dog back.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

Wardens Ben Nadolski, of Montello, and Gove responded to a call of a sturgeon stranded in shallow water along the Wolf River. Upon arrival, the wardens met with the fisherman who reported the incident. The sturgeon became stranded when the water level dropped and was it unable to make it back to the main river. The fisherman who reported it assisted the wardens with returning the sturgeon to navigable water so that the fish could continue its spawning ritual.

Warden Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, received a call from Marinette County dispatch regarding a potential orphaned bear cub in Pound Township. Werner responded and spoke with the property owners regarding the situation. Because of the weather conditions and multiple factors, Werner took possession of the bear cub and transported it to a rehabber.

While on routine patrol in April, warden Werner was asked to assist at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover accident. It was determined the accident was caused by the illegal operation of an ATV on a county highway. The ATV operator was returning from the neighbor’s house with her young daughter on the back of the ATV. A vehicle approaching from behind the ATV attempted to pass the ATV at the same time the ATV began to make a left turn into the driveway. The operator of the car swerved to avoid contact with the ATV, causing the vehicle to roll over multiple times and land in a ditch. Enforcement action was taken with the ATV operator for numerous violations.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

The Brown County Sheriff’s Department called warden Ka Yeng Vue, of Green Bay, regarding an ATV trespass in the town of Eaton. The investigation revealed that four subjects were operating their ATVs while trespassing. They caused a lot of property damage. Enforcement actions were taken.

Warden Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, responded to a complaint of a person using a skid steer to dump zebra mussels back into Green Bay. Kamke did not observe this activity, but the operator was moving sand and zebra mussels around on the beach. Enforcement action is pending.

Northeast Operations Marine Unit

Warden Kuhn contacted shore fishermen along the Oconto River down from the Stiles dam in April. Of the nine fishermen contacted, three did not have valid fishing licenses. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, worked with UW-Stevens Point Student Law Enforcement Association members on the Oconto and Peshtigo rivers on complaints of anglers double-tripping on walleyes. Enforcement actions were taken.

Warden Lautenslager contacted fishermen at the Oconto breakwall in April regarding complaints of fishing bass during the closed season. Wardens Lautenslager and Dale Romback, of Wausaukee, followed up on similar complaints on the Peshtigo and Menominee rivers. Enforcement actions were taken.

Warden Dave Allen, of Kewaunee, received a complaint in April of someone who was extremely agitated over the number of otters being seen along the banks of the Kewaunee River. The complainant said that the hostile person stated his intentions of getting a gun to start killing otters. Allen contacted the individual to see if he really was the “otter hater,” which he was! Allen discussed the man’s aggression towards the small river mammal and advised the fisherman that the otter had every right to eat fish, just like the fisherman did and that he shouldn’t hate the otter because it was doing what comes naturally.

District 13 — Oshkosh area

Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, investigated closed season fishing activity during the month of April on the Manitowoc River. Disher contacted a half dozen anglers during several days who were casting large spoons and spinnerbaits for northern pike. Several pike had been caught. Enforcement action was taken for closed season fishing.

Warden Disher observed two young adults on an ATV that was being illegally operated on a county highway. The machine had expired registration, neither party was wearing a helmet as required, and the driver did not have an ATV safety certificate. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Disher issued multiple citations to a landowner and contractor who dredged a navigable stream without having applied for any permits. The responsible parties were given an opportunity to make corrective measures, but missed four enforcement conference deadlines for submitting proposals for an after-the-fact dredging permit.

Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, received a complaint of a person who had sold fish while fishing along the Fox River in Oshkosh from the previous day. Higgins followed up and met with the person who admitted to selling 10 white bass and two walleyes the day before for $20. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Higgins received a complaint of people fishing in a posted refuge below the Eureka dam. Higgins observed three individuals fishing in the refuge, and enforcement action was taken.

Warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, contacted two anglers illegally fishing in an urban fishing pond, posted as closed to anyone older than 16. Upon contact, it was also determined the anglers were fishing without licenses. Enforcement action was taken.

District 14 — Sheboygan area

No report available.

District 15 — Milwaukee area

Wardens Steven Sanidas and Douglas Zeihen responded to an asbestos complaint in the Town of Ottawa. They discovered several environmental violations related to the illegal disposal and burning of asbestos materials. Enforcement action is pending.

Warden Steven Sanidas was on patrol in the Town of Eagle and observed four individuals sitting inside a vehicle at a public boat landing. As one individual exited the passenger side of the vehicle, a small painted turtle fell out and onto the ground. Sanidas contacted the group and found that the driver had captured the turtle from the wild and was planning to take it home. Turtle season is closed during the spring nesting season and the individual did not possess a license.

Wardens Sanidas and Posanski worked on an illegal waterfowl blind investigation. Sanidas and Posanski contacted the owners of a duck blind that was left out on School Section Lake over winter and spring. Enforcement action is pending.

Wardens Sanidas, Posanski and Groenier conducted the education training for the learn-to-hunt turkey event held at the Dousman Gun Club in April. Twenty participants attended the training, and hunting occurred on the youth hunt weekend.

Warden Sanidas attended the spring clean-up for the Vernon Marsh Wildlife Area. Volunteers from the Friends of Vernon Marsh coordinated the event and removed trash from parking areas and access points.

Wardens Marcus Medina and Matt Groppi responded to a complaint of a person shore fishing for trout using round gobies as bait. Upon contact, the fisherman was found to be using some round gobies as cut bait and other gobies as whole bait. Enforcement action was taken.

While on patrol, warden Medina saw dark black smoke rolling off of building materials that were being burned. Upon investigation, Medina found that a contractor who salvages and sells barn boards was burning building materials that could potentially contain asbestos and other harmful chemicals. The contractor was told to put the fire out and was advised on how to properly dispose of the materials. Enforcement action is pending.

Warden Brandon Leis received expanded authority from the Muskego Police Department to stop a vehicle after viewing the driver in possession of an open intoxicant and failing to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle. Leis issued one citation for litter and Muskego officers handled the other violations.

Warden Leis and Medina contacted three adults fishing in an urban fishing pond prior to the opening date for adults without disabled fishing licenses. Enforcement action was taken.

District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area

Warden Brandon Smith, of Burlington, and deputy warden Jon Stollenwerk were conducting night bowfishing enforcement at a state land boat launch. The wardens observed a female subject park her vehicle in the parking lot and throw a beer bottle into the woods. The subject was contacted and found to be intoxicated and over the legal limit. Enforcement action was taken

Warden Smith contacted three subjects who were observed to be fishing on the Fox River near Silver Lake. Upon contact, two of the subjects were found to be fishing without a license. The one subject with a fishing license admitted he was fishing with five lines. Enforcement action was taken for the fishing violations. The individuals had driven to the river and none of them possessed a valid driver’s license. Two of the subjects drove away from the area after being instructed not to drive. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department was advised of the situation and additional enforcement action was taken when the subjects returned.

Warden Juan Gomez, of Elkhorn, assisted other wardens with the annual Milwaukee River clean-up efforts. Gomez also assisted fisheries staff members several times in April while shocking fish on inland bodies of water. Fish crews are short-staffed and require three people to shock fish. Gomez issued several fishing-without-license citations in April. Gomez issued one citation to a company performing shoreline work on Geneva Lake for not following their permit. This company has had similar violations within the past year.

Warden Mike Katzenberg, of Delavan, investigated a hotline complaint involving a movie theater replacing tube lights containing mercury and disposing them in the garbage and not recycling them. Katzenberg also issued two citations to two different individuals for fishing game fish during the closed season.

District 17 — Madison area

Warden Jake Donar, of Madison, and recruit warden Meghan Jensen learned of a trespassing complaint of a turkey hunter who did not have a valid turkey permit for the current April time period. The wardens located the suspect several days later and discovered violations of turkey hunting during the wrong time period, and failing to register two deer that were harvested during the 2015 archery and gun seasons. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, apprehended a Minnesota resident for providing false information to the DNR to unlawfully obtain resident hunting licenses for several years. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kyle Dilley, of Madison, apprehended an archery hunter who was found to have harvested an antlerless deer during the late archery season without a valid permit. The hunter was found to have shot an antlerless deer and let it lay for a couple hours while he went and purchased an antlerless deer carcass tag. The man returned to the antlerless deer and tagged it with his recently acquired carcass tag. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Dilley and Boyd Richter, of Janesville, received a complaint of two subjects catching and keeping game fish at the Hwy. 113 bridge during the closed season. The wardens responded and found a female subject to be in possession of two largemouth bass, one of which was illegal size. The fish were released and enforcement action was taken.

Warden Richter investigated a complaint of a hunter failing to register two turkeys and a deer since 2014. The hunter was found to be aware of the registration requirement. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Pearl Wallace, of Watertown, investigated a complaint concerning an adult male who shot a tom turkey during the two-day youth hunt in April. It was determined through an investigation that the individual hunted with his daughter the weekend of the youth hunt and shot the turkey. Several other violations were revealed including: possessing more than one firearm for a mentored hunt, hunting in the wrong zone, failure to immediately validate a carcass tag, failure to register a turkey, and possessing loaded firearms in a vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, issued a citation for feeding deer. The suspect placed the corn and bird seed along the shoulder of a town road and onto adjoining private land. The subject had received a warning in the past for illegal feeding of wild animals from another warden.

District 18 — Poynette area

No report available.

District 19 — Dodgeville area

Wardens Ryan Caputo, of Green County, and Jon Kaiser contacted a subject who was hunting without a permit during turkey season. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Mike Nice, of Richland Center, and Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, responded to a complaint concerning a property that the wardens determined had been baited with corn and mineral for approximately 10 years. Four main bait sites existed to attract deer and turkeys and keep them close to the property. Several deer had been killed and mounted in the last three years, along with many turkeys. Enforcement action is pending.

Warden supervisor Joe Frost, of Dodgeville, located a turkey blind left on state land. The next morning warden Al Erickson observed a turkey hunter shoot a turkey. He also saw a second hunter arrive shortly after. The second hunter tagged the bird shot by his hunting partner, who had already filled his permit earlier. Citations were issued for leaving the blind on state property for three days, hunting without a permit, and loaning/borrowing tags.

Wardens Caputo and Kaiser contacted a subject about an unregistered turkey. The hunter forgot to register the bird, but also failed to validate the carcass tag. The hunter was cited for failing to register the turkey.

Warden Dave Youngquist, of Spring Green, saw a person in a field shooting at a deer and another person driving the UTV. Upon contact with the duo, the warden asked if they realized that deer season was closed. They were very quick to explain that the deer had two broken back legs and had to be put down. Youngquist confirmed the injury and they agreed that next time they would call first to notify someone.

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