Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Oct. 19, 2018
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
Warden Paul Sickman, of St. Croix County, received information in September about a woman interested in selling owl parts to be used spiritually and to be sold as art. Sickman contacted the woman and educated her about laws governing owls and took enforcement action.
Wardens Isaac Kruse, of St. Croix County, and Kyle Kosin, of Pierce County, located a man crossbow hunting for deer on Voluntary Public Access (VPA) property in September. The hunter’s hunting and fishing privileges had been revoked for failure to pay a previously issued DNR citation for fishing without a license. The wardens determined the hunter also archery hunted for deer during the 2017 deer season. In addition, the man had been operating a motor vehicle while his driving privileges were revoked. Enforcement action was taken for the hunting violations and the driving violations were referred to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department.
Wardens Kruse and Joe McMahon, while patrolling northern St. Croix County for duck hunting enforcement the opening weekend of the duck season, encountered a man from Minnesota who was duck hunting in Wisconsin and had purchased resident Wisconsin hunting licenses. They also encountered a group of four duck hunters without a single goose permit who were hunting geese. Enforcement action was taken in both situations.
Warden Kyle Kosin, of Pierce County, observed a vehicle being driven very slowly on a road in Pierce County. The driver stopped, got out of his vehicle, and informed Kosin he was looking for ginseng. Further investigation revealed that the man had been digging ginseng and failed to bring the ginseng tops out of the woods as required. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Jaime McDermid, of Dunn County, and Madison Bryan investigated a complaint regarding hunter harassment in September. A goose hunter had phoned McDermid and reported a man and woman were interrupting his hunting activity on property he and his hunting group had permission to hunt. The woman told McDermid she doesn’t like hunting and she wanted the group to go away from their area even though the hunters were a safe distance away from any residences. McDermid explained the laws to the woman regarding hunter harassment and that she needed to avoid interrupting the group’s legal hunting activities.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
Wardens Michael Weber, of Mauston, and Patrick Seybert, of Necedah, conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a late deer shining violation in September. During the stop, the wardens uncovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and open intoxicant violations. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Weber, working with a Juneau County deputy, contacted a group of non-resident people fishing near the Castle Rock dam. The officers found that one individual was fishing without a license and another was fishing with unattended lines. In addition, multiple members of the group had trespassed onto private property to pick mushrooms while one individual littered on the private property. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Patrick Seybert received a complaint of sewage being pumped into the Yellow River from a residence in Necedah. It was found that the owner of the residence had pumped the contents of the septic tank into a small ditch on the property. Enforcement action was taken for the improper disposal of septage. The property owner was also referred to the Juneau County Zoning Office.
Warden Wade Romberg, of Friendship, contacted an individual who had transported aquatic weeds on a boat trailer away from the boat launch area. The trailer was covered in weeds and was several miles from the boat launch. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, was checking anglers on the Wisconsin River and determined a person had been purchasing Wisconsin resident and Illinois resident fishing licenses concurrently since 2013. Enforcement action was taken.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Alyssa Neff-Miller, of Manitowoc, followed up on a complaint in September of a dog biting a person at Point Beach State Forest. Contact was made with the dog owner. It was learned the dog was in an unauthorized area and not on a leash when it bit the pant leg of the worker. In a state park, dogs must be kept on a leash at all times when outside to prevent issues like this. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Neff-Miller followed up on a complaint of a person who took several pieces of flag stone from a project site at Point Beach State Forest. The complainant was able to get a license plate of the suspect. Enforcement action was taken for the reported theft and the stone was returned to the park.
Wardens Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, and Dylan Belisle, of Madison, investigated a case where a suspect intentionally ran over and killed a cormorant on the road by going into the oncoming lane. Cormorants are a protected species so enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Kratcha and Belisle investigated a complaint of a hunter who shot a number of turkeys in the area over the past few years, but failed to register the harvests. The investigation revealed that the hunter failed to register five turkeys during the last two years. Enforcement action was taken.
District 17 — Madison area
Warden Henry Bauman, of Dane County, investigated a complaint of an off-highway vehicle (motorcycle) operating in the interior of, and parked within, the Hook Lake State Natural/Wildlife Area near Oregon in September. Bauman contacted the individual suspected of operating his dirt bike in an unauthorized area and unlawfully placing and leaving an unattended/unidentified deer hunting stand on the state property. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Bauman investigated a complaint of a large excavation site near Mt. Horeb operating without the necessary storm water control measures in place. Bauman coordinated with DNR storm water management staff and Dane County land conservation staff to bring the site into compliance.