Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Oct. 5, 2018
District 1 — Ashland area
Wardens Phil Brown, of Iron River, and Matt Koshollek, of Drummond, were asked in August to assist the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department in a search for an individual who was reported to have been stabbed. After a lengthy search involving neighborhood canvasing, witness interviewing, and use of a search-and-rescue dog, a report of an individual matching the description came in through county dispatch. After arriving at the location where the individual was sighted, Sawyer County’s canine unit located the individual hiding in a creek in the woods. The wardens assisted county deputies with apprehending the subject.
Warden John Krull, of Superior, stopped an ATV in August that was being operated northbound on the southbound shoulder of Hwy. 35. Krull had stopped this same person, in the exact same place, in April. A single citation for non-registration had been issued at that time. Warnings had been given for operating on the highway and for no headlight. The ATV was still not registered and citations were issued for non-registration and operation on the highway.
Warden Dave Sanda, of Gordon, worked with recreation warden Mark Little, of Spooner, and R-3 specialist Kate Juza at the Northwest Wisconsin ATV Association meeting that was held in Gordon when Little gave a presentation/update and Sanda assisted with answering questions.
District 3 — Park Falls area
Wardens Dan Michels, of Park Falls, and Joe Paul, of Phillips, organized a learn-to-hunt bear program in August for Price County and southern Ashland County with the Chequamegon Sportsman’s Club and other volunteers. Ten hunters participated. Four bears were harvested by first-time bear hunters. The unsuccessful hunters were invited back to hunt through bear season.
Warden Paul contacted a subject who was in possession of more than the daily bag limit of panfish after fishing Cranberry Lake.
Warden Tom Heisler, of Winter, issued three citations to individuals for harassing loons with personal watercraft on Lake Chetac.
Warden Heisler investigated a complaint he received in August from Flambeau River State Forest staff regarding three people entering a closed area and climbing a fire tower. The trio ignored a sign and climbed a fence to access the tower. Enforcement actions were taken.
District 4 — Woodruff area
Warden Stan Lewis, of Three Lakes, partnered with an area bait shop owner in August who donated kids’ tackle boxes that were given to children who were found doing the right safety thing – wearing their PFDs while on or near the water.
Warden Tim Ebert, of Minocqua, assisted in several educational programs in August, including a learn-to-trap program and a combination ATV/snowmobile safety class.
Warden Ebert investigated complaints involving the illegal placement of feed for deer. The responsible parties were contacted and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ebert responded to a couple complaints of aquatic species being transported on boat trailers between lakes. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Matt Meade, of Mercer, and Ryan Mannes contacted three females on state property in August who were in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. One of the m had a fake ID and another had an active warrant through Oneida County.
Wardens Meade and Mannes contacted two people who were fishing a Vilas County lake, and were found to be in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, and an undersized smallmouth bass. They had also used an outboard motor on a non-motorized lake.
Warden Chris Bartelt, of Lake Tomahawk, and supervisor Dave Walz, of Woodruff, were patrolling an area lake when they observed a pontoon boat towing a water skier take a course that put the skier within feet of children swimming in the water. The wardens contacted the operator, who also did not have proof of boating safety on her person. Enforcement actions were taken.
Warden Jared King investigated a call in August of a subject who possibly was in possession of too many fish. It turned out that the subject was in possession of 50 walleyes. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, followed up on a call involving a boater leaving Pelican Lake with aquatic vegetation attached. Pelican Lake has known aquatic invasive species in it. Enforcement action was taken.
Supervisor Walz contacted two adults in August found to be drinking underage at a campsite in one of the state park campgrounds. Two other campers were found to be in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Enforcement actions were taken. On another occasion while working in the same park, Walz responded to a call of an assault that revealed a vehicle driver, who was accused by a parent of almost hitting his kids, had been grabbed by the parent and a partially open beer was then thrown at him as he was driving away. The can landed on the dash of the van, spilling its contents inside the vehicle. The suspect was unable to be located.
District 8 — La Crosse area
While working a night shift at Perrot State Park, warden Meghan Jensen, of Trempealeau, observed a vehicle operating at an unreasonable speed near the campground. Upon contact, and field sobriety tests, Jensen arrested the operator for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.
Wardens Hans Walleser and Nathan Ackerman, both of Durand, participated in National Night Out for Pepin County in Durand. Wardens gave out “wear it bobbers” and badge/zebra mussel tattoos. They had the airboat on display, as well as fur collection. More than 100 community residents of all ages attended the event.
Wardens Walleser and Ackerman responded to a call in August about a possible early bowhunter. They found the hunter to be illegally baiting and feeding and not hunting, but it was found that the person had registered an archery deer from last year under someone else’s approval.
While on patrol, wardens Cody Adams and Aaron Koshatka, both of Crawford County, located a vehicle parked on DNR property. The two vehicle occupants were in possession of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia. Both were placed under arrest and booked in the Grant County jail and their vehicle was towed.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, took enforcement actions in July while patrolling Nicolet Bay for PWC violations observed by the same group on two occasions. Violations included were no PFDs, no observers or mirrors while towing individuals on a tube, no-wake violations inside the buoy area and within 200 feet of shore, and no safety certificates.
Warden Neal checked fishermen in July while on patrol in Tennison Bay and took enforcement action against a single individual for no fishing license.
Warden Neal and supervisor Chris Groth responded in July to a person-in-the-water call while working at Peninsula State Park. The individual had fallen off of a boat 41⁄2 miles from shore, was unable to get back into the boat and then began having a medical issue while in the water.
Wardens Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, and Ryan Mannes rescued a man while on the Peshtigo River. The man exited his kayak and was unable to get back in. He was floating and bobbing in the river. The wardens drove up to him and got him their boat, drained his kayak and got him back on his way. The guy learned a valuable lesson about wearing his PFD, instead of just having it with him.
Warden Lautenslager received a complaint in July of an individual who allegedly kept too many fish that day and allegedly planned to fish again later that same night. The wardens found the individual prior to midnight and took enforcement actions for short fish and gave warnings for possession limits and navigation light issues.
Wardens Lautenslager and Mannes were advised in July of a boat taking on water on Green Bay north of Green Island in Michigan waters. They launched and rescued two individuals. Lautenslager also arrested the operator for boating OWI. The operator was turned over to the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department in Michigan.
Warden Jordan Resop, of Sturgeon Bay, worked boating enforcement from Sturgeon Bay to Red River in July and arrested one boater for OWI. He also issued warnings to more boaters for failures in registration, not having a fire extinguisher on boat, safety lights deficiencies and failure to stop for a law enforcement officer.
Warden Jake Zach, of Fish Creek, responded to a disturbance call at a campsite in Peninsula State Park. While there, drugs were found. The campers were evicted. The Gibraltar Police Department and the Door County Sheriff’s Department assisted.
Warden Alek Henseler, of Fish Creek, while patrolling Peninsula State Park in July, smelled marijuana coming from Site 602. He also contacted an individual who was at the Tennison Bay boat launch after 11 p.m. The individual was in possession of marijuana.
While preparing to go out on Lake Michigan and conduct sonar operation in August, warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, overheard a call for a medical emergency with an individual having a stroke on a boat two miles off Port Washington. Supervisor Chris Groth and Neal responded with paramedics to pick up the individual for transport to shore so the individual could be treated for the stroke at a local hospital.
Warden Neal helped mentor an August work project on Horseshoe Island, Peninsula State Park, as part of a local kid’s Eagle Scout project. The scout was able to organize 29 individuals to work on the project on the island. The group was able to clear an incredible amount of brush and garbage from the island.
District 17 — Madison area
Warden Henry Bauman, of Dane County, investigated multiple non-resident suspects in August for providing false information to the DNR for the purposes of obtaining resident licenses. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ryan Caputo, of Dane County, made contact at a campsite at Lake Kegonsa State Park due to loud noise. Caputo observed a gallon-sized baggie that contained numerous items of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Wardens from throughout southwest Wisconsin assisted local communities in August with flood response, often providing air boats or shallow-water boats to assist in evacuating residents and pets.
Warden Paul Nadolski responded to a call in August from a farmer who had been losing chickens in the middle of the night. The farmer caught a great horned owl in the coop one morning and asked that Nadolski remove it and take it far away from his farm. The bird was released unharmed.
Warden Pete McCormick, of Poynette, was on patrol at Devil’s Lake State Park when he made a traffic stop for a violation. As he made contact, he could smell marijuana in the vehicle. The driver was arrested for OWI and operating after revocation.
Lake Winnebago area
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, investigated suspected illegal nighttime fishing activity on Lake Winnebago along the northeast shore in August. Disher observed two anglers who were fishing with 31 lines along the shoreline. All the lines were in the water at the same time. The two anglers had caught multiple channel catfish.
While on patrol at High Cliff State Park, warden Amanda Kretschmer checked a fisherman who had just come off Lake Winnebago. The fisherman was over his daily bag limit of panfish. The fisherman had been cited for being over his daily bag limit of panfish in the past. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Thomas Sturdivant, of Neenah, observed a lone angler in a boat on Lake Winnebago fishing with more than three lines. He attempted to conceal his illegal activity by fishing with ice fishing rods/reels that are less visible. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Sturdivant, while patrolling High Cliff State Park, arrested the operator of a motor vehicle for OWI. The operator was speeding and failed to stop at two stop signs.
Warden Sturdivant and supervisor Chris Shea, of Oshkosh, while patrolling High Cliff State Park, arrested an individual for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.