Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – June 24th, 2016

District 1 — Ashland area

Warden Matt Koshollek, of Drummond, was checking trout anglers on the West Fork of the White River near Delta in May. He contacted an angler who initially said he had released a couple of small trout. It was determined that the angler had recently-caught trout in a cooler in his car, as well as three additional trout hidden by the angler. Also, the angler was found to have six more trout at his cabin from the previous two days. Enforcement action was taken and the 13 trout were seized.

Warden Lynna Gurnoe, of Bayfield, investigated a complaint in May that an individual was caring for several baby raccoons at a residence. Gurnoe contacted the individual and found four baby raccoons in possession. The individual turned the baby raccoons over to Gurnoe who brought them to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Warden Matt Meade, of Mercer, closed out a case in Iron County Circuit Court in May with a subject illegally harvesting a bear out-of-season and without a license. The man also had an illegal bobcat and an illegal deer in possession. The man was convicted of the crime and paid more than $2,000 worth of fines. He also lost his hunting, trapping and fishing privileges for three years.

Warden Meade investigated a suspect in a fish spearing case that occurred in April. The man was with several subjects who illegally speared fish in a refuge before the fishing opener. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden John Krull, of Superior, received a hotline complaint from a person who had seen a picture of a subject holding an undersized muskie, caught and killed during the closed season. The complaint was based on a picture posted on social media with a caption of “Northern Pike, 33 inches long.”

Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, received a complaint of a fisherman coming in fast into the Pikes Bay/Port Superior Marina and causing an estimated $2,500 worth of damage to the dock from the boat’s wake. Investigation followed and the operator received a citation for creating hazardous wake or wash, along with a warning for going faster than no-wake speed within 100 feet of a dock.

Wardens Egstad and Tom Heisler, along with Red Cliff tribal warden Zach Peterson and Bad River tribal warden John Patrick, patrolled Lake Superior on a nice Saturday in May. Enforcement action was taken for lake trout being below and above the size limit slot.

District 4 — Woodruff area

Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, contacted a trout fisherman in May on the Peshtigo River. The angler was in possession of three undersized brook trout.

Wardens Dahlquist and Andy Dryja, of Langlade, contacted two trout fishermen with three trout in eastern Langlade County. An investigation revealed the two anglers kept a daily limit of trout caught in Waushara County earlier that day and decided to continue trout fishing that afternoon in Langlade County. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Pat Novesky, of Three Lakes, participated in community programs in May aimed at water and boating safety, fishing, aquatic invasive species and general information, reaching out to about 100 persons.

Warden Novesky assisted the Three Lakes Police Department with a vehicle accident where high winds blew a tree onto the roof of a passing vehicle, crushing the roof and causing injury to the driver. The driver was transported by helicopter with head injuries.

Warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, investigated a well driller for failing to submit well or borehole abandonment forms, as required. Enforcement action was taken after numerous contacts between DNR staff and the well driller in reference to the violations.

Warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, and several other local Michigan and Wisconsin game wardens chaperoned a kayak float trip on the Brule River for 30 high school students from the Florence High School and Forest Park High School in Crystal Falls, Mich. The students spent time floating the river and later checked fyke nets set by Wisconsin DNR fisheries staff. The sixth annual field trip was sponsored by the WE Energies Foundation.

Warden Crotty reported that two bear hunting cases from the Niagara area were recently concluded in circuit court. The investigations involved an individual and his son-in-law who each shot a bear over bait in the fall of 2015 during the dog-only season. One of the bears was killed in Florence County; the other was killed in Marinette County. As part of a stipulated court agreement, each man forfeited $1,322.50, had his bow confiscated by the court, and had hunting licenses/privileges revoked for three years. The bear hides were also confiscated by the courts to be used by the DNR for educational purposes. Wardens Cara Kamke, of Green Bay and Jacob Bolks, of Manitowoc, led the investigation, with wardens Ryan Propson, of Appleton, and Crotty assisting.

Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, received information from a Rhinelander police officer of a person who dumped gallons of gasoline down a storm sewer, which then entered a navigable stream and a small lake. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, and DNR chief warden Todd Schaller contacted a subject fishing from a boat on Little Crooked Lake. The angler told the wardens he had just arrived at the lake earlier that morning and did not have a chance to go to town and get a license yet. The wardens followed the person back to his cabin, observing a basket of fish in the water near his dock. The angler admitted he lied and had been fishing the lake for three days.

Wardens Thole, Dave Walz, of Woodruff, Jung and Meade investigated a complaint of multiple subjects illegally fishing and spearing in a fish refuge in Oneida County. The investigation revealed several of the subjects tried to hand grab and spear suckers in the refuge. One citation was issued for illegal possession of a spear and numerous warnings were issued for fishing in a refuge and fishing without licenses, due to their ages.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, investigated a complaint in May from concerned citizens of a Black River tributary appearing unusually cloudy. Hanna found that a sand mine was de-watering a pit, causing significant sediment loading in the tributary. Hanna stopped the mine’s activity and DNR stormwater staff handled enforcement action.

Warden Carlson received a complaint of illegal turkey hunting in May. It was found that the suspect illegally shot a male turkey with a .22 rifle and did not have a valid turkey license. The suspect also placed Illegal deer bait. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Carlson received a call about a red-tailed hawk stuck in a silo. Carlson was able to capture the hawk with help from the farmer and release it unharmed.

Warden John Schreiber, of Cornell, responded to a report of an injured eagle struggling in the water of the Chippewa River near Brunet Isle State Park. Local fishermen retrieved the eagle and took it to shore. The eagle was turned over to a rehabilitation center, thanks to the diligent citizens.

Warden Schreiber was working ATV patrol in the county forest and heard a loud ATV coming which was in excess of 96 decibels. He observed the ATV fail to stop for a stop sign. Enforcement action was taken.

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