Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Sept. 7, 2018
District 4 — Woodruff area
Wardens Tim Price, of Eagle River, and Dave Walz, of Woodruff, attended the 2018 COPS Kids Camp in July. The camp is for children between the ages of 6 and 14 and their surviving parent who have lost their loved one in the line of duty as a law enforcement officer. Wardens from around the state run activities for the families: fishing, canoeing, boating safety, geocaching, archery, and rifle and trap shooting.
Warden Mike Sealander, of St. Germain, and recruit warden Austin Schumacher responded to a complaint from the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department regarding an intoxicated boater who was loading up his boat at a landing. The wardens stopped the vehicle on the highway as it left the landing. The operator arrested for several violations, including third offense OWI in a motor vehicle, possession of THC, and OWI in a boat.
Warden Stan Lewis of Three Lakes assisted the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department with an in-progress burglary in Eagle River. The suspect was located and arrested in the residence while officers conducted a search.
Warden Jim Jung assisted the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department with two missing person searches using his issued ATV.
Wardens Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, and Jared King responded to a complaint in July of ATVs and UTVs illegally operating on a road near Lake Laura. Shortly after arriving in the area the wardens observed a UTV being operated on Hwy. K. The operator was stopped and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Thole and King assisted a bicyclist who injured herself on a bike trail north of the DNR’s Trout Lake forestry headquarters. The wardens drove to the injured biker, loaded her bike in the back of the truck and gave her a ride to where family were waiting to take her to the hospital.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Warden Kevin Christorf, of Cornell, observed an ATV being operated along the train tracks near Lake Wissota. The operator had also ridden on Hwy. X. The ATV had not been registered. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Christorf and Bob Kneeland, of Chippewa Falls, investigated an illegal bear hunting complaint. The individual had shot a sow with three cubs, had gone bear hunting intentionally in the wrong unit, had been baiting with site-exposed bait, and had possessed flying squirrels.
Wardens Christorf and Jake Bolks followed up on an illegal deer hunting complaint. Multiple people were involved with shooting multiple deer during the 2017 archery and gun deer seasons in Jackson and Ashland counties. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Christorf observed three people fishing below the Otter Lake dam. It was found that the three intentionally hid panfish in the grass/woods. Christorf located the panfish. The individuals had a cooler near the woods that also contained panfish. They possessed 120 panfish in total. One individual admitted to catching and keeping 72 panfish. Another individual admitted to catching and keeping between 30 to 40 panfish. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Christorf and Bolks followed up on illegal septic complaint near Jim Falls. On several occasions four RV owners set up along the Chippewa River had drained the septic and gray water from their RVs onto ground inside the campground and onto Hwy. 178. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Bolks received a complaint of a Kohler-Andrae State Park camper who left a site extremely messy with trash everywhere. While Bolks was investigating, he observed the camper drive down the road and park at the site. A records check showed that the individual had a suspended driver’s license and had been cited 18 times previously for operating after revocation (OAR). Bolks also learned that the previous week the individual was cited for the same offense by another warden in another county. Enforcement action was taken for the individual’s 20th OAR.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Wardens Erika Taylor and Kory Lilga participated in an education and enforcement detail during Fourth of July fireworks on the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin Rapids.
Warden Josh Litvinoff assisted the Marathon County Sheriff Department search for a stolen vehicle near Hatley.
Wardens Bryan Lockman and Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, worked boating enforcement on the Point Flowage during the Stevens Point fireworks show.
Warden Scharbarth provided PFDs for a local learn-to-kayak event in Stevens Point.
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, assisted the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department and Rib Mountain State Park staff search for a missing hiker. A 13-year-old girl reported her father had been missing for approximately four hours. The father was located and reunited with his daughter.
District 8 — La Crosse area
Wardens Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, and James Moore worked boating enforcement on the Mississippi River for the Fourth of July and the following night. They arrested two operators for boat OWI and transported the individuals to the La Crosse County jail. The individuals had BAC concentrations of .12 percent and .13 percent.
Wardens Hochhausen and Moore contacted the operator of an unregistered UTV who was driving on a road. An adult was riding in the rear cargo box. The individuals were checking trail cameras and several of the cameras had deer bait next to them. Not only was baiting deer illegal in July, but La Crosse County had recently been added as a no-baiting/feeding county because of a recent CWD-positive in an adjacent county. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Meghan Jensen, of Trempealeau, was on patrol at Perrot State Park when she observed a subject standing next to a tree with an object in hand. It appeared that the person was attempting to carve into the tree. The subject said he was carving something for his significant other. Jensen observed an area of the tree that had its bark removed, there was a heart-shaped design carved into the tree, and there was a heart-shaped piece of wood from the tree lying on the ground. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Jensen and Zack Seitz were on patrol at Perrot State Park when they heard loud noise coming from a campsite. When approaching the campsite, the wardens could smell an odor of marijuana. All seven occupants had been smoking marijuana at their campsite. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found on the site.
Warden Nate Ackerman, of Durand, was called by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department to respond to two people acting strange at the beach parking area at Willow River State Park. One of two subjects had taken a large amount of hallucinogenic mushrooms and was having a bad reaction. Ackerman called for EMS. The subject had elevated pulse, was bleeding from the mouth and was extremely disoriented. Ackerman helped EMS load the subject.
Warden Ackerman was contacted by a person who had bought a residence that had a high number of rattlesnakes around the house. Ackerman was able to work with DNR wildlife staffers to resolve the problem without affecting the native population.
Wardens Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, and Trevor Tracey, of Stoddard, participated in a crime scene field day with 34 4-H students who were camping at Wildcat State Park. The wardens set up a poaching scenario crime scene in the woods with a decoy deer and fake blood, along with other items for the students to put together to solve the case on who poached the deer. Students also apprehended the individual and got to ask questions and interviewed the subject.
Warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, investigated the report of the killing of a rattlesnake. The suspect did kill a rattlesnake out of fear for his livestocks’ safety and the safety of his elderly neighbors. The snake was discarded, but the rattle was kept and had been nailed to the garage wall. The rattle was seized. The individual was advised to contact the DNR in the future so the snake can be removed.
District 14 — Sheboygan area
Warden Anthony Arndt, of Sheboygan County, contacted a group of four anglers at a public fishing pier on Lake Drive in Random Lake. As he approached, one angler picked up a 5-gallon bucket and attempted to dump its contents into the lake. The bucket hit the pier railing and the contents spilled onto the pier. When Arndt identified himself, the fishermen were in the process of picking up more than a dozen bluegills and returning them to the water. Three of the four anglers did not have a fishing license, with one of the fishermen stating they “believed a license was only required when you’re catching big fish.”
Warden Arndt conducted a follow-up investigation relating to a hunting incident in the town of Russell outside of Elkhart Lake. A 67-year-old woman shot herself in the leg while attempting to reload a small revolver in order to dispatch a nuisance raccoon. A tourniquet was applied by responding officers of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department and the woman was taken by helicopter to receive medical treatment. She was released the following day and is expected to make a complete recovery.
Warden William Hankee, of Fond du Lac County, was on patrol at the Oakfield Ledge State Natural Area in July when he observed a vehicle parked at the trailhead after hours. Hankee walked the trail back to an old quarry where he observed four late-teenaged males shooting fireworks, breaking bottles, drinking alcohol and littering around an illegal bonfire. Hankee made contact and verified they were drinking alcohol and were all under the age of 21. As part of the enforcement action taken, the party members have agreed to work with the DNR property manager to clean up the Oakfield Ledge, including litter and vandalism that was at the site before the incident.
Warden Hankee followed up on a DNR hotline call and investigated two suspects who allegedly dumped a large cargo trailer load of personal debris, including clothes, toys and several old items of furniture on the Eldorado Wildlife Area. With evidence collected from the scene the suspects were located. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Miofsky and Belisle submitted criminal charges to the Sheboygan County D.A. for criminal damage to property. The suspect was found to have shot .22 rounds into the Greenbush contact station at the Greenbush Recreational Area. The suspect also hunted Canada geese out of season and shot geese from the road. Enforcement action was taken for the hunting violations.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha and Walworth area
Wardens Brad Latza, Mike Hirschboeck, Taylor Meinholz and Brandon Smith worked at COPS kids camp for a week in July. The camp has counseling for the kids in the morning. The wardens helped the children enjoy afternoon activities of boating, fishing, canoeing, .22-rifle shooting, BB-gun shooting, trap-shooting and other outdoor events.
Warden Brandon Smith, of Twin Lakes, and recreation warden Justin Bender, of Woodruff, responded to complaints of no-wake violations on Silver Lake. Several boats were contacted for these violations and a few boaters were found to be operating without a boat safety certificate.
Wardens Smith and Bender contacted multiple campers at Richard Bong State Recreation Area who were found to all be underaged and consuming alcohol. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found.
Warden Smith and Bender investigated a complaint in July of a subject transporting a large amount of aquatic vegetation on his boat trailer. Contact was made with the individual and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mike Hirschboeck, of Waterford, investigated a littering complaint. Garbage was littered in a DNR parking lot off Hill Valley Road. Through an investigation the wardens found the individual who had littered the garbage. Enforcement action was taken.
District 17 — Madison area
Warden Jake Donar received a call from the Stoughton Police Department of an individual who had intentionally ran over some geese in a local park. The individual was located and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Donar attended two Cops and Bobbers Events in July where he taught kids how to fish. The first event was in Arena with the Dane County Sheriff’s Department and more than 50 kids took part. The second was with the Madison Police Department.
Wardens Ryan Caputo and Gaven Brault, both of Dane County, followed up on an unlicensed guiding complaint. Contact was made with the subject who was found to be guiding without a license on several occasions. Enforcement action was taken.
During a shift at Lake Kegonsa State Park, wardens Caputo and Brault located a significant amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol. All subjects were underaged.
Warden Paul Nadolski, of Portage, responded to a boat fire on Lake Wisconsin. Merrimac firefighters were able to get the fire out, but the boat burned almost to the water line. The owner was able to remove what was left of the hull from the lake. The good news was that there were no injuries.
Wardens Nadolski and Pete McCormick, of Columbia County, responded to several complaints concerning a loud boat on Lake Wisconsin. The boat tested at 99 decibels. The legal limit is 86. Enforcement action was taken. The same boat operator then was cited two more times after the initial test for the same violation.
While working a shift in Devils Lake State Park in July, warden McCormick observed a vehicle in a parking lot with a broken passenger window. McCormick contacted the owners and three young children. The car had been broken into and several items were stolen, including five tickets to a Madison Mallards baseball game the children had been looking forward to attending. McCormick contacted the team’s front office and was able to have the tickets replaced.
Wardens Nate Kroeplin, of Madison, and McCormick were patrolling Lake Wisconsin when a pontoon boat operating at speed creating a large wake that passed only a few feet from their patrol boat. When the wardens made contact, the boat operator showed several signs of impairment and was arrested for operating while intoxicated.
Warden Nick King, of Green County, was called to assist the Green County Sheriff’s Department with a fishing check of an individual with possible warrants. It was found that the individual was fishing without a license during a time of revocation. Enforcement action was taken.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Wardens Joe Frost, of Dodgeville, and Collin Sherod investigated thefts of backpacks from beach users at Governor Dodge State Park on two consecutive days in July. With the help of the Dodgeville Police Department, the wardens were able to identify and arrest the responsible parties and recover a majority of the stolen property found dumped in the park and at a residence in Dodgeville. Criminal charges are pending.
Wardens Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, and Kelly Crotty, of Florence, assisted a Montana game warden with an investigation of a possible violation that occurred in Montana during the 2017 deer season. Wardens determined an individual hunted mule deer without a license and contrary to state law.
Warden Tim Otto, while assisting the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department with a call of a reckless driver on Hwy. 45, contacted the driver after she stopped her car while in traffic. Otto summoned EMS and assisted the Langlade County deputies with traffic direction until the driver could receive treatment for a potential medical situation.
Rock River team
Warden Kyle Johnson was checking several people fishing underneath the Broad Street Bridge in Beloit when one individual fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, Johnson apprehended the subject, who was found to have an active warrant for his arrest and also did not have a fishing license. The individual was issued a citation for fishing without a license and was referred for criminal obstructing/resisting a conservation warden.
Warden Johnson was on foot patrol at the Clear Lake boat launch when he smelled a strong odor of burning marijuana coming from a vehicle with two occupants. Upon contact, the individuals were found smoking marijuana. Enforcement actions were taken.
Warden Johnson participated in a COPS and Bobbers youth fishing program in July with the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.
Wardens John Sinclair and Adam Strehlow assisted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department with a report of a domestic violence incident taking place on a stranded boat in Lake Koshkonong. The wardens and deputies worked together to locate the boat and suspects. One citation was issued for a boat registration violation, and one individual was arrested.
Warden Steven Sanidas assisted the village of Mukwonago with an intoxicated person call at Indian Head Park. The individual was on probation and in violation of an absolute sobriety probation condition.
Warden Sanidas received information from DNR customer service staff that an individual attempted to register a spring turkey harvest on July 3. The turkey was shot in May and the individual was attempting to register it in July. An investigation was conducted and led to the discovery of three turkeys that were never registered, including one that was shot by the suspect’s girlfriend. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Brad Wilson assisted an officer from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in a case he was working of an individual buying resident licenses in Arkansas and Wisconsin for the past five years.
Warden Wilson worked a complaint of an individual who had the head from a car-killed deer in his freezer. The man took the head from the carcass last year, did not have money to complete the mount and the deer head was rotting. Wilson educated the individual on the laws of taking a car-killed deer without getting a permit.
Warden Wilson received a complaint of two individuals spearing northerns and muskies by the dam on Lake Geneva and the White River. Wilson determined the fish were illegally caught with a net below the dam.
Wardens Marcus Medina and Andrew Starch investigated a theft suspect from southeast Wisconsin. The suspect was observed taking a state park sign in the Devils Lake State Park area earlier in the month. The suspect admitted to taking the sign and stated he wanted it for his college housing decoration. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Starch was dispatched to a snagging complaint on the Rock River in Hustisford. It was reported that five individuals were snagging fish from the river. Starch observed all individuals in the group attempting to snag fish. One subject was found to not have a fishing license.
Lake Winnebago team
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, patrolled the Killsnake State Wildlife Area for bowfishing activity and observed a vehicle with four occupants spinning doughnuts and causing damage to a state lands parking lot. A traffic stop revealed the strong odor of burned marijuana inside the vehicle. Disher seized 12 grams of THC, four illegal pipes, and a digital drug scale. One suspect had a glass pipe and folding knife concealed inside his waistband. Enforcement action is under way.
Wardens Disher and Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, investigated a report of a possible suicidal subject at High Cliff State Park. They located the subject passed out behind the wheel of a running car in a day-use parking lot. The subject had consumed a bottle of vodka while in the park and had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.448. The subject was admitted to the hospital by ambulance under a Chapter 51 commitment.
While working boat patrol on the Menasha channel for the fireworks, wardens Amanda Kretschmer, of Winneconne, Jon Kaiser, of Waupaca, and Jeff Knorr, of Fremont, were almost struck by another boat. Upon contact, the operator was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for boat OWI.
Warden Kretschmer saw a man fishing at Bauman’s Park from the shore of the Fox River in Oshkosh. Kretschmer discovered the man was fishing with six hooks and baits. The man said his grandfather went to get them lunch and would be back soon. Kretschmer saw another fishing pole lying in the grass. When the grandfather returned, he admitted to fishing with the other pole in addition to the other six hooks and baits.