Cuffs & Collars

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 9, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Ethen Mapes was patrolling an intersection near the Porcupine Mountains ski hill when he observed a snowmobile fail to stop at a stop sign before crossing a road. CO Mapes attempted to stop the snowmobiler but was unable to get around the subject until after they had run through yet another intersection. Upon contacting the rider, CO…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 9, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officers annually collect road-killed deer for testing. State wildlife officer Brad Kiger, assigned to Franklin County, noticed that the antlers from the road-killed deer could go to a good use instead of being thrown away. The Ohio Division of Wildlife is always looking for ways to benefit wildlife, people,…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 9, 2021

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION From the Game Commission Blair and Bedford counties Game Warden Brandon Pfister reports that a Bedford County man is being charged with possessing a live raccoon that was taken from the wild. The individual is also facing charges for a bobcat that was harvested in closed season.  Cumberland County Game Warden Timothy L. Wenrich issued a citation for…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 9, 2021

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) followed up on an ongoing case, investigated a new arson near Hayes Lake, and prepared equipment for use on the Rainy River. CO Marc Johnson (Warroad) worked ATV enforcement, monitored activity at public accesses, patrolled state parks and forests, and worked a fire enforcement detail with DNR Forestry. In addition, calls…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 2, 2021

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Hoftender cited a Savanna man for unlawfully making food available for deer. He was issued a written warning for trapping raccoons without a license. In Stephenson County, CPO Swanson assisted CPO Beltran in recovering an injured bald eagle along US 20 outside of Freeport. CPO Swanson transported the eagle to…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 2, 2021

Striper Swipers (Westchester County) On March 11, ECOs Tompkins, Thibodeau, and Franz conducted a plainclothes fishing detail focused on anglers taking out-of-season striped bass. The officers patrolled George’s Island Park in the town of Cortlandt and Croton Landing Park in the village of Croton-on-Hudson. During the detail, the ECOs observed several anglers taking and keeping out-of-season fish. The ECOs issued…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 2, 2021

NORTHEAST REGION Peshtigo Team / January Wardens Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, and Gaven Brault, of Green Bay, responded to a complaint of two bucks locked at the horns. The wardens arrived and observed a large buck dragging a dead buck through the woods. Hartrick placed a catch pole on the buck’s antlers and pulled him to the ground. Brault…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 2, 2021

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated arson fires in western Roseau County and Kittson County. Evidence was transported to the BCA lab in Bemidji. CO Marc Johnson (Warroad) worked angling activity on the Rainy River and public accesses, patrolled local state parks and forests, responded to calls for service, and answered questions regarding Lake of the…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 26, 2021

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) Brian Lasanen was patrolling a closed multi-use state trail when he contacted the operator of a snow bike and a group of other snowmobiles operating on the closed trail. CO Lasanen noticed the bike and another snowmobile did not have a valid trail permit showing. When questioned about this, one of the riders stated he…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 26, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  In late winter, state wildlife officer John Coffman, assigned to Fayette County, was called about a heavy skunk odor in a homeowner’s crawl space. Officer Coffman arrived at the location and discovered a skunk under the home. Unfortunately, the skunk was trapped and died under the home. Officer Coffman was able…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 26, 2021

SOUTHWEST REGION From the Game Commission Allegheny County Game Warden Douglas Bergman reports charges will be filed in relation to a safety-zone violation at a nursing home. This nursing home borders a regulated shooting grounds that is a popular place for pheasant and chukar hunting. Hunters are reminded to always be aware of their target and what is beyond. Allegheny…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 26, 2021

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked pike anglers on Lake of the Woods. Several arsons were investigated in Marshall and Kittson counties. Charges are pending for a grassland arson in Kittson County.  CO Marc Johnson (Warroad) spent time working angling activity on Lake of the Woods, patrolling state parks and forests, and assisting with a fire…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 19, 2021

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Mercer County, CPO McKune and CPO Thompson investigated and charged a Mercer County man for unlawfully poaching a 9-point buck. The Mercer County poacher was issued multiple citations and a 9 point buck was seized as evidence. The Mercer County poacher was assessed a civil penalty of $5,500 for unlawfully harvesting the buck…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 19, 2021

Something Fishy (Essex County) On Feb. 18, ECO LaPoint received a report of ice fishermen on Schroon Lake, Essex County, who were catching lake trout shorter than the legal length of 18 inches. ECO LaPoint contacted acting Lieutenant Nicols, who located the suspects’ vehicle with information provided by the complainant. From the shore, the two officers observed the ice anglers…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 19, 2021

WEST-CENTRAL REGION Lower Chippewa Team / January Wardens Jake Bolks and Chad Ziegler received information about a two people who left a bar late at night and shot and killed a deer near Fall Creek. Upon investigation, the wardens found the two people had shot the deer with a .40 caliber handgun from the road at night, while using the…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 19, 2021

District 1 – Baudette area CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working ATVing and angling activity on special-regulation lakes this past week. Regas reports starting to see open water on some lakes. Two tires of an ATV dropped through the ice on a bad spot of the ice on Gull Lake.  CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked angling, off-highway vehicle, and fire…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 12, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jared Ferguson received multiple complaints from a property owner regarding ORVs going around his gate and past his no trespassing signs in western Dickinson County. CO Ferguson continued to patrol the area frequently and eventually ran into an ORV on the individual’s property. The operator said that he had been taking the trail for years and nobody…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 12, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Matt Teders, assigned to Madison County, received a call from the London Correctional Facility about a hawk that was stuck in their building. Officer Teders responded and located a Cooper’s hawk in an atrium between the yard and the housing units. Officer Teders was able to safely capture…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – March 12, 2021

SOUTHWEST REGION From the Game Commission Allegheny County Game Warden Zeb Campbell reports an archery hunter was hunting white-tailed deer during the closed season between the regular firearms season and late deer season. The hunter, who believed deer season was open, received over $800 in fines. “A reminder to please read your Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest,” Campbell said. Allegheny…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 12, 2021

District 1 – Baudette area CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working ATVing enforcement and angling activity throughout this past week. The warm weather brought out lots of anglers. Violations encountered and addressed this past week included several violations for operating ATVs in restricted areas of the Chippewa National Forest and on nonmotorized trails, and angling license violations.  CO Corey Sura…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 5, 2021

Northwest Zone – Cap. Laura Petreikis In Jo Daviess County, CPOT Thompson and CPO Hoftender completed a deer investigation. The hunter failed to check a deer in by 10:00PM on the day it was recovered. He also failed to tag a deer immediately upon kill. The hunter was issued a citation for illegal possession of deer and a written warning…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 5, 2021

ECOs Conduct Multi-Day Snowmobile Detail (Fulton County) On Feb.12, ECOs Manns, Hilliard, Shaw, Toth, and Pasciak began a series of multi-day snowmobile details to ensure riders are complying with state regulations. The officers started off conducting a snowmobile checkpoint on the trail system in the town of Broadalbin and shifted to trails in the village of Mayfield that evening after…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 5, 2021

SOUTHEAST REGION Racine-Kenosha Counties / December Wardens Taylor Meinholz and Brandon Smith followed up on a complaint of hunting and harvesting a deer over bait. It was found that the person harvested one buck over bait in 2020 and one buck over bait in 2019. Warden Strehlow, of Milwaukee, while working at Lake Shore State Park, contacted two individuals who…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 5, 2021

District 1 – Baudette area CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports checking anglers and monitoring activity on snowmobile trails this week. Regas reports the warm weather this past week took a toll on snowmobile trails, which deteriorated quickly and are in poor condition. CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck) investigated an area river that had been filled in with dirt and debris. An…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 26, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Zach Painter and Ethen Mapes conducted an after-dark patrol on Lake Gogebic. The COs observed several tip-ups with no one around them and multiple flags up on the lighted tip-ups.  The COs waited nearby to see if anyone would check the tip-ups. After a half hour of waiting with no activity at the tip-ups, the COs followed…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 26, 2021

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  In January, state wildlife officer Brian Motsinger, assigned to Union County, participated in the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s annual river otter survey. This is a valuable tool for tracking river otter populations, and the survey is conducted statewide during the winter with wildlife management staff, wildlife officers, and other conservation professionals….