Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — May 5, 2017

District 1 — Ashland area

No report available.

District 2 — Cumberland area

No report available.

District 3 — Park Falls area

No report available.

District 4 — Woodruff area

Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, investigated a litter complaint in March on Oxbow Lake near Presque Isle. Approximately 30 beer bottles and an empty vodka bottle appeared to have been thrown on the ice from the deck of a nearby cabin. The subjects were no longer at the cabin, but Thole found that some college friends on spring break had a party at the cabin. Thole located the responsible party and enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Rich Thole and Steve Swiertz observed tip-ups in front of a cabin on Oxbow Lake near Presque Isle. One of the tip-ups had a flag up. A subject eventually came out of the cabin, but it was found he had left the tip-ups in the water all night while he was sleeping and was not attending them. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Steve Swiertz conducted an investigation in March into a subject who was suspected of illegal deer harvests in Vilas County. The investigation showed the subject was found to have harvested three deer with his bow-and-arrow without tagging any of them. The subject also sold one of the antlerless deer to a friend for $20. The subject had shot a 3-point buck and did not tag it because he wanted to shoot a bigger buck that he knew was in the area. Enforcement action is underway.

Warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, was asked to assist the Florence County Sheriff’s Department in March with the search of the Brule River for the body of a missing man who was believed to have fallen into open water after his vehicle got stuck on the ice. Warden Mike Sealander, of St. Germain, and warden supervisor Dave Walz, of Woodruff, responded to the scene and used a remote underwater vehicle(ROV) to assist with the search. Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, and Michigan Conservation Officer Shannon Kritz also assisted in the search.

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area

No report available.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, investigated a complaint of illegal septic disposal in March involving one family that had three different homes with illegal septic discharge to the ground surface or ditch at each one. Remediation efforts are underway.

Warden Hanna contacted a man who wanted to get rid of an old house on a property he purchased. The man chose to burn the home along with its plastic, vinyl, asphalt shingles, and insulation. These materials contain asbestos and carcinogen when burned. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Peter Carlson and Kevin Christorf, of Chippewa Falls, contacted a group of anglers on a pond in Lake Hallie in March. During the contact, it was found that one individual was operating an expired snowmobile, a second individual was operating an unregistered snowmobile upon which he did not transfer the registration, as required. The second individual was also found to be littering, and having out three unattended lines. The third individual was arrested by Christorf for snowmobile OWI. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden John Schreiber, of Cornell, completed investigations of individuals who had purchased licenses during periods of their DNR privileges being revoked. The individuals had also hunted and fish while under revocation. Enforcement action was taken

Warden Schreiber investigated a resident of Chippewa County who is an avid bowhunter in Buffalo County for illegal harassment of wildlife. During the investigation, Schreiber uncovered that this hunter baits for deer illegally during the closed season in Buffalo County. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kevin Christorf, of Chippewa Falls, investigated an illegal burning complaint in Bloomer in March. It was found during the investigation that the individual burned several gallons of illegal material on Lake Como and left the material on the ice. Further investigation concluded that during the archery season the same individual tagged an antlerless deer for another individual because that person did not have a valid tag for the county in which they harvested the deer. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Scott Thiede assisted the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department with locating a motor vehicle that was the subject of a property complaint. As requested, Thiede initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle on Interstate 94 before being joined by state troopers and sheriff’s deputies.

Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, was patrolling eastern Eau Claire County in March and heard a report of a forest fire near Lake Eau Claire. Thomson responded to the area and notified several homeowners that a fire was headed toward their residences. Thomson assisted the sheriff’s department with traffic control until the fire was under control.

Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, did a follow-up investigation on an archery hunter who previously had all of his hunting privileges suspended, but had purchased numerous hunting and fishing licenses while suspended. Enforcement action was taken.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

No report available.

District 8 — La Crosse area

Warden Trevor Tracey responded to a citizen complaint about an individual suspected of keeping more than his possession limit of perch on the Mississippi River. Through an investigation it was found that the subject had been fishing the prior four consecutive mornings and he caught his limit of perch each day. Enforcement action was taken.

The Mississippi River team wardens attended week-long airboat training course instructed by national instructors from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Fourteen Wisconsin DNR conservation wardens, six wardens from Minnesota and one deputy from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department completed the course and now are certified airboat operators. Air boat certification ensures these agencies and staff are prepared for emergency response situations.

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