Cuffs & Collars

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – August 10th, 2012

District 11 — Peshtigo area Warden Oginski assisted the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation of a fatal dirt bike accident. Warden Oginski responded to a diesel spill incident on Hwy. P near Beaver Creek. A semi went and into the ditch, striking a tree, and 50 to 225 gallons of diesel spilled. Sand was put down by county…

New York Cuffs & Collars – August 10th, 2012

Southern District highlights Pesticides need permits (Suffolk County) On April 25, ECO Dustin Oliver was assisting DEC’s Bureau of Marine Habitat Protection staff with an inspection in a community when he noticed a landscaping company with one of its employees applying pesticides with a backpack sprayer. After observing that the business vehicles did not have any decals displayed to indicate…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – August 10th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored area ATV and angling activity. Assistance was given to a turkey producer who lost birds to wolves. Anglers were checked on Lake of the Woods. CO Huener assisted a police department with a juvenile with a BB gun who was shooting at sea gulls. CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) assisted local…

Ohio Cuffs and Collars – August 3rd, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • One an evening in June, Logan County Wildlife Officer Adam Smith finished checking anglers for fishing license compliance at Indian Lake and returned to his patrol vehicle. Parked next to his vehicle was a truck with a boat loaded on a trailer. Three individuals were standing next to the boat; two were getting…

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – August 3rd, 2012

DISTRICT 1 CO Dave Painter was working a marine patrol when he observed a boat operator power-loading at an access site. CO Painter contacted the subject after his boat was loaded and asked if he read the large sign at the end of the launch dock. He stated he read the sign, but felt he could only power-load the boat…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – August 3rd, 2012

NORTHWEST REGION •Butler County WCO Chip L. Brunst reported two weeks ago a young male black bear was electrocuted. A week later, an adult female bear killed one of her young accidentally. It seems when the sow climbed up onto a large dumpster, her weight caused it to tip over, crushing one of her five youngsters.        •Crawford County WCO Mark…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – August 2nd, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated two calls regarding cattle that had been killed by wolves. Assistance was given to an owl that had been struck by a vehicle, and anglers were checked on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for angling with an extra line and for angling without a license. CO Jeremy…

Illinois Cuffs & Collars – July 27th, 2012

Region I The District 6 sergeant and a CPO located four individuals bank fishing on the Vermilion River. Behind the fishermen were clearly posted “No Trespassing” signs. As the sergeant was watching, one of the individuals tore down one of the “No Trespassing” signs. Seven citations were issued for criminal trespass, criminal damage, and “fishing license not in possession.” A…

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – July 27th, 2012

District 1 — Ashland area Warden Windt, of Hurley, investigated several water regulation complaints in Iron County. Several of the complaints will require additional enforcement action. Warden Windt answered several hotline calls regarding fishing violations in Iron County. Warden Matt Mackenzie, of Ashland, issued a storm water citation for a new construction site in Ashland for failing to follow permit…

New York Cuffs & Collars – July 27th, 2012

Northern District highlights ‘I told them’ (Cattaraugus County) On April 29, ECO Kevin Budniewski was checking the fishing activity along Cattaraugus Creek, a tributary to Lake Erie in the town of Hanover. Budniewski observed three fishermen and went over to see how the fishing was. As soon as one of the fishermen spotted the ECO approaching them, he started laughing…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 27th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated two wolf depredation complaints in the Greenbush area. One calf was killed at one location, and many young turkeys were killed at the other. Enforcement action was taken on two PWCers for operating after hours. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked an aquatic invasive species road checkpoint south of…

Ohio Cuffs and Collars – July 20th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • Knox County Wildlife Officer Mike Miller and Wildlife Officer Supervisor Curt Smith were on patrol in Knox County when they observed a pickup truck parked behind a barn along the edge of a soybean field. When the officers approached the truck, they found a man hunting groundhogs. The hunter had a loaded .22…

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – July 20th, 2012

DISTRICT 1 CO Marv Gerlach assisted Commercial Fish Specialist Terry Short and Commercial Fish Investigator Shannon VanPatten with a complaint about an angler getting his downriggers caught in an unmarked net in Lake Michigan. Using side-scan sonar, they were able to determine the angler did not get hung up on an illegal net, but was hitting old pound net stakes…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – July 20th, 2012

NORTHWEST REGION •Butler County WCO Chip L. Brunst reported over the past two weeks, the bear mating season has caused an increase in bear complaints, road-killed bears, and sightings. The mating season will pit larger males against smaller males vying for the attention of a female. It appears that one of these small males ran into a larger male and…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 20th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored area fishing, boating, and ATV activity. Assistance was given to local DNR Wildlife with a goose-banding project. CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) conducted a night patrol at the Northwest Angle with CO Huener. Enforcement action was taken for operating watercraft without lights after sunset, and no PFDs. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief…

Illinois Cuffs & Collars – July 13th, 2012

Region I A District 1 CPO responded to a boat accident that occurred just up river from the Arduini Boat Ramp in Rock Falls on the Rock River. A Sterling woman was heading up stream from the boat ramp with her two daughters in their pontoon boat when they struck a submerged stump with the outboard motor. The motor bracket…

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – July 13th, 2012

District 10 — Wautoma area Warden Jeff Knorr, of Fremont, attended the sentencing of Robbi Kuenzi at the Waupaca County courthouse May 24 after Kuenzi pleaded guilty to three felonies and three misdemeanors. Kuenzi was the last of three defendants charged with felony cruelty to animals for running down several deer in Waupaca County with snowmobiles. Kuenzi was sentenced to…

New York Cuffs & Collars – July 13th, 2012

Southern District highlights Solid waste dumping (Orange County) On April 16, Lt. Martin Townley, with ECOs Jeff Conway and Mike Buckley, responded to an illegal construction and demolition debris site in the Town of Warwick. As the officers arrived, they decided to wait to see if any trucks would dump at the location and they did not have to wait more…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 13th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked anglers, state park activity, and ATV activity. The blueberry crop appears to be poor this year. Fishing success remains good on Lake of the Woods. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked the Independence Day holiday on Maple Lake and the Red River of the North with Lt. Znajda. CO…

Ohio Cuffs and Collars – July 6th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • State Wildlife Officer Brad Kiger was at Hoover Reservoir in Franklin County checking fisherman where he observed several men wading, catching crappies, and placing them in a basket. Kiger asked to see their fishing licenses, which they held up. The men were then asked what they were using to measure the crappies to…

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – July 6th, 2012

DISTRICT 1 CO Jason Wicklund teamed up with a local deputy for a marine patrol to address safety concerns at a local watercraft event. Numerous contacts were made, and enforcement action was taken for PFD (personal flotation device) and registration violations. CO Grant Emery responded to a local marina regarding a boat owner trying to poison otters that were climbing…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – July 6th, 2012

NORTHWEST REGION •Butler County WCO Randy W. Pilarcik reports that the use of ATVs is on the increase and the agency is stepping up its patrols for this illegal activity. Numerous charges have been filed on individuals riding their machines on lands closed to the use of them, he said. “The ‘rule of thumb’ for those looking to take their…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 6th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) assisted U.S. Customs at the Warroad Port of Entry with returning anglers and boaters. AIS compliance was found to be very good. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) investigated a complaint about the unlawful use of public water with an irrigation system; a cease and desist order was issued. Enforcement action…

Illinois Cuffs & Collars – June 29th, 2012

Region I A District 1 CPO received a complaint of a Kewanee woman advertising marble fox for sale on Facebook for $250 each. The marble fox is a color phase of the grey fox and is most commonly found in the fur farming industry, but in this case was being sold as a “pet.” To possess a marble fox, the…

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – June 29th, 2012

District 1 — Ashland area Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, received a call from Red Cliff tribal wardens about 100-plus tires and rims dumped on county land near the reservation. A joint investigation found the culprit, and the subject will be cited through tribal court after picking up the tires. Warden Egstad worked a case of people feeding deer, bears,…

New York Cuffs & Collars – June 29th, 2012

Southern District highlights Private dump pays big (Delaware County) In October of 2011, ECO Michael Bello received information that a landowner was using his property as a dump for materials generated from his landlord business, as well as accepting solid waste from local contractors. Bello patrolled to the lot site on Hospital Road in the town of Delaware, where he…