District 4 — Woodruff area
Warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, staffed a snowmobile booth in February at the Eagle River Derby Track for the 2018 Snowmobile Sport Show and participated in the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs VIP ride in the Eagle River area.
Wardens Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, and Robin Miller investigated an illegal treestand issue in February on state property near Boulder Junction. The wardens attempted contact at a cabin and observed an illegal feeder adjacent to the driveway that appeared to be attracting deer. The landowner told the wardens he was feeding the deer corn tortillas once in a while when he was there. Enforcement action was taken for leaving two illegal treestands on state property near his cabin and he was warned for feeding deer.
Wardens Thole and Miller responded to a two-car head-on collision on Hwy. 51 in February. The wardens were close to the crash and arrived on scene to find one subject was possibly intoxicated. The wardens remained on the scene and assisted Vilas County deputies with traffic control.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Erika Taylor, of Marshfield, responded in February to a complaint involving a nuisance bear in the Marshfield area. To address ongoing issues, a bear was trapped in the area by USDA Wildlife Services and moved from the city.
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, staffed a booth in February at the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources career fair and spent time talking with students about the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement and the role of conservation wardens.
Warden Josh Litvinoff, of Schofield, and supervisor Korey Trowbridge partnered with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department and Everest Metro Police Department in February to patrol Lake Wausau due to ongoing complaints about partying and littering.
Warden Litvinoff responded to a diesel fuel spill in the city of Wausau. A semi driver ran over a stop light, causing it to puncture a hole in the fuel tank. Approximately 50 gallons of fuel was spilled. The spill was contained and cleaned up immediately by a professional company.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, finalized an investigation in February involving an unlawful bridge and wetland fill that had been placed on state land after working with DNR Water Regulations and Parks staff and the defendant. An enforcement action resolution was reached.
Warden Kaiser took part in the annual Trophies of Grace sportsmen’s banquet in Waupaca with other DNR staff, along with personnel from Deer and Deer Hunting magazine, a local sporting goods retailer, and a big game hunting expert by speaking at a DNR booth and being a part of the keynote presentation involving deer management and DNR regulations.
Warden Kaiser finalized a residency fraud case in February involving a Minnesota resident claiming to be a Wisconsin resident and unlawfully buying Wisconsin resident fishing and guide licenses over the course of multiple years. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jeffrey Knorr, of Fremont, continued to work with area high schools to be involved in the Hides for Heroes program and helped establish a $1,500 scholarship to be awarded to a student who provides the most outstanding support to the program. Currently, students at Weyauwega/Fremont and Clintonville high schools are participating, while several other schools are considering getting involved in 2018-19.
Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, contacted a subject fishing without a license and too many hooks on a Wolf River backwater. The subject and his friend were also underage drinking and the driver had an expired driver’s license. Enforcement actions were taken.
Wardens John Schreiber, of Green Lake, and Ben Nadolski, of Montello, worked patrol to enhance resource and public safety on Little Green Lake during a fishing tournament event. Multiple individuals were found to have unattended tip-ups for long periods of time and failed to respond to the flag. Enforcement action was taken.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Jacob Cross, of Shawano, received a call from the duty officer in February stating that there was a hole in the Tigerton dam. Cross investigated the complaint and made the proper notifications. It was found that the ice that was formed had broken and hit the dam, causing the dam boards to break. No significant safety concerns were found.
Wardens Clark Delzer, of Shawano, and Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, contacted individuals in an ice fishing shanty and found that many of the occupants were too young to be legally drinking. The wardens assisted Shawano County Sheriff’s Department with the investigation and enforcement action.
Warden Delzer responded to a complaint from a landowner of illegal traps on his land. Two illegal sets were found, and the trapper trespassed on private property to place them. One of the sets also was not tagged. Contact was made with the trapper, and enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, and recruit Anthony Arndt responded to a snowmobile accident in Oconto County. Upon arrival, it was determined that both operators had consumed alcohol. Further investigation revealed that both operators were under the influence and they were arrested for first offense snowmobile OWI.
A 2017 gun deer season case by warden Werner was resolved in Marinette County Circuit Court in February. Three hunters were found guilty of illegally shining wild animals, discharging a firearm from a roadway, failing to register deer, and hunting without a gun-deer license. The fines for all three hunters totaled approximately $2,526. Two of the hunters lost their hunting licenses for two years, and one hunter lost all DNR licenses for one year.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Warden Brandon Smith, of Twin Lakes, received – and followed-up on – information from an Illinois conservation officer regarding a subject whose fish and game privileges had been revoked for failing to comply with a previous fishing-related citation in Oklahoma. Since the revocation, the subject was found to have purchased licenses and fished in Wisconsin on at least five occasions. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Brad Latza, of Racine, Brandon Smith, and Mike Hirschboeck assisted the Racine County Sheriff’s Department with a missing man in the Honey Creek State Wildlife Area. The individual left earlier in the day to go for a hike and had not returned. The individual was found without incident in the late evening hours.
Sauk County Team report
Warden Keith Meverden, of Sauk City, responded with the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department in February to a call of a suicidal subject climbing Abelman’s Gorge and threatening to jump. The individual was located by a rock ledge where contact was made and the individual was led to safety.
Warden Meverden responded with the Baraboo Police Department and Baraboo Fire Department to a call of a capsized kayaker being carried away in high water on the Baraboo River. The individual was located downstream on shore and assistance was provided, along with gear recovery.
Warden Alexander Brooks, of Baraboo, and supervisor Green made contact on Lake Wisconsin with an individual who was fishing during a period of license revocation for unpaid child support. Enforcement action was taken.