Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – September 16th, 2016
Editor’s note: Reports from field wardens from the month of August were not available as of press time for this issue. The following reports for June and July came in after press time for the last issue.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Warden Adam Hanna spent much of his patrol time in the month of July enforcing boating laws. In three separate instances, Hanna observed people on personal watercrafts (PWCs) jumping wakes and operating dangerously close to other boats. It is unlawful to operate a PWC at a speed greater than no-wake when within 100 feet of another boat.
Warden Hanna and a Clark County recreational sheriff’s department deputy arrested a man for operating a motorboat while intoxicated on a Clark County lake on the Fourth of July weekend. There were several passengers aboard the boat, including small children. There also were sober adults aboard who could have driven the boat in place of the operator who was arrested.
Wardens Peter Carlson, of Greenwood, and Kevin Christorf, of Chippewa Falls, contacted a pontoon boat operator in July for having no navigational lights. The individual was found to be operating under the influence of a controlled substance. The operator also was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Carlson contacted an individual in July who was driving his ATV on a Managed Forest Land private property to bait bears. It was found he did not have permission from the landowner to operate an ATV on the property and he drove past a sign stating the property was closed to unauthorized motor vehicles. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens John Schreiber, of Cornell, and Christorf had a case concluded in Chippewa County Circuit Court from a case leading back to January. Two individuals from the Cadott/Lake Wissota area were apprehended by the wardens after they were observed speeding at around 100 mph across Lake Wissota on snowmobiles at night. The individuals fled from the wardens initially, but were apprehended and charged with criminal fleeing from law enforcement. Both individuals were issued multiple citations that resulted in nearly $1,000 in fines for each person.
Wardens Christorf and Carlson were working fishing enforcement on Round Lake in July when the wardens observed an individual smoking what appeared to be marijuana. The wardens made contact with the individual, who admitted to smoking marijuana. The man was also short two PFDs inside his canoe. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Christorf and Carlson were working boating enforcement on Lake Wissota in July when the wardens observed a boat operating without proper lighting. Upon contact, the individual was found to be operating the motor boat while intoxicated. The individual admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the contact. The individual also admitted to possessing meth on the boat. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, contacted a motorboat operator on the Chippewa River at Riverview Park in July. The boat operator said he always drinks a 12-pack of beer when he goes boating. The boater was endangering himself, the children in his boat, and other boaters. The boat operator was arrested for boating while intoxicated.
Warden Thiede checked an angler in a boat on Lake Altoona in July who was fishing without a valid license. A records check confirmed that the angler was under an administrative suspension of all hunting and fishing privileges for failure to pay a citation from 2010. He was cited at that time for fishing without a license. Enforcement action was taken.
Dunn County Fish and Game Association (DCFG) president Scott Sinz partnered with the DNR to place a free life jacket loaner kiosk on Lake Menomin. Sinz constructed, painted and placed the Kids Don’t Float Station, with free loaner life jackets at the lake. The partnership is about helping people stay safe while having fun enjoying the lake. People borrow the life jackets for free from the Kids Don’t Float Station before going out on the water and then return them when they dock later in the day.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Wardens Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, and Korey Trowbridge responded to a complaint in July that ATVs had been driving up and down a town road that was not an ATV route. It was reported that the riders were causing damage to the newly blacktopped road. Contact was made with a group of three ATVers who had been doing burnouts on the road, trespassing onto the neighbor’s property and operating without the required safety course for those born on or after Jan. 1, 1988. Enforcement action was taken and the township was notified of the road damage.
Warden Scharbarth assisted at a BB gun range day for kids involved in the Izaak Walton League National Convention in July. Scharbarth gave presentations on boating and fishing safety to area kids at the YMCA’s Camp Glacier Hollow.
Warden Randy Dunkel, of Wausau, partnered with DNR water guards, a Golden Sands Clean Waters representative and a local news outlet for a teamwork approach to educate the public about aquatic invasive species. Numerous contacts were made at local boat landings and on Lake Wausau.
Warden Barry Fetting investigated a complaint of open burning at a farm in July. Upon investigating the situation, Fetting spoke with a family member of the property owner at a different residence. While there Fetting observed evidence of illegal salvage and dismantling of refrigeration equipment. Enforcement action was taken.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Marine Enforcement Unit
Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, responded to a feral pig sighting in June near Ellison Bay. Neal contacted the owner, who confirmed that the pig had escaped. Neal advised the owner of the complaint and the high probability that if the animal was indeed a feral pig, and seen on the landscape, it likely would be euthanized if encountered. The pig was recaptured by “rattling her in” with a potato chip bag and catching her with a fishing net.
Wardens Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, and Meghan Jensen responded to a possible drowning on the Oconto River in June. An inner tube rider was recognized to be missing from the group when they met at the exit landing and overdue. The individual was found later walking down the street.
Warden Allen assisted the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department and city of Kewaunee police officers with a domestic call in June involving an individual reported to be armed with a knife. Allen was nearby when the call came in and the city officer had just arrived on scene. Allen provided additional security until the county deputy arrived.