Cuffs & Collars

New York Cuffs & Collars – April 20th, 2012

Northern District highlights How not to act in court (St. Lawrence County) On  Feb. 15, ECO Jonathan Ryan was in the Town of Stockholm court at the request of the town justice. Ryan was there to ensure a defendant made an appearance to answer his unlawful disposal of solid waste ticket. The defendant had “forgotten” his first court date. Ryan…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – April 20th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) patrolled area WMAs and presented the law and ethics portion to the Lancaster firearm safety class. CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked anglers and boaters on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River for compliance with rules and regulations. Several calls about possible wolf depredation were investigated. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief…

Ohio Cuffs and Collars – April 13th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • With the warm weather this winter, the illegal off-road use of the Delaware Wildlife Area started earlier than usual. Delaware County Wildlife Officer Steve Harvey was on routine patrol when he noticed that many areas of the Delaware Wildlife Area had been rutted up by 4X4 vehicles driving off road. Harvey reported what…

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – April 13th, 2012

DISTRICT 1 CO Trey Luce served a warrant on a subject for taking a deer last firearms deer season without a license. CO Dave Painter responded to a call about a suicidal subject in Iron County. CO Painter observed a set of boots extending out from a small bridge in the area of the complaint. With the assistance of a…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – April 13th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated and took enforcement action on an individual who started a non-permitted fire that got out of control. CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent the week checking anglers, ATVers, invasive species, and illegal fires. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the firearms safety class in…

Illinois Cuffs & Collars – April 6th, 2012

Region I  A District 7 CPO responded to a trapping complaint in Woodford County of a raccoon in a dog-proof leghold trap for over 24 hours. Upon further investigation, the licensed trapper had checked the trap on each calendar day and no enforcement action was taken. A CPO conducted an inspection of a fur bearing mammal breeder. The CPO attempted…

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – April 4th, 2012

District 9 — Black River Falls area Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, investigated a trap theft case in Glendale Township. Modjeski found the traps had been set on private land without permission and within 2 feet of a deer carcass. Enforcement action was taken for placing the traps within 25 feet of sight-exposed bait. A December 2010 case involving a…

New York Cuffs & Collars – April 6th, 2012

Northern District highlights Unpermitted junkyard (Broome County) On Jan. 17, ECO Eric Templeton completed a solid waste complaint investigation in the town of Nanticoke. The investigation began back in March of 2011 when Chris Warner with DEC’s spills unit referred an illegal dumping of “non-exempt” construction and demolition material on a property along Leekville Road. With the assistance of Tom…

Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – Arpil 6th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked walleye and sturgeon anglers on the Rainy River with CO Milbridge. Assistance was given to local law enforcement personnel regarding a possible stolen ATV. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of a firearms safety class in Fisher and completed a trapping investigation. CO Angie…

Ohio Cuffs and Collars – March 30th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During the 2011 deer archery season, Madison County Wildlife Officer Matt Teders received information about a potential hunting without permission violation occurring on a company’s property. Teders and a company security officer found a treestand located on a remote part of the company’s property with an individual in the treestand. Teders ordered the…

Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – March 30th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored ice shelter removal from area waterways and testified at a court trial. A report about a dead coyote left in a snare was investigated. CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) assisted DNR Forestry staff with wildfire activity and the burning of illegal materials. A complaint about an individual…

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – March 30th, 2012

DISTRICT 1 COs Mark Leadman and Marv Gerlach approached an angler on a lake in western Marquette County. As they neared, the COs observed the subject quickly toss an object into his fishing shack. When questioned, the angler produced a trout that he had caught earlier. Unfortunately, he had failed to buy an all-species fishing license and was ticketed for…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – March 30th, 2012

NORTHWEST REGION •Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that guilty pleas were entered in a case from rifle deer season, involving multiple illegal deer, resulting in fines of more than $2,800. Hunting license revocation will be assessed for each violation. •Crawford County John A. McKellop processed two river otters that were accidently caught by beaver trappers in eastern Crawford…

Illinois Cuffs and Collars – March 23rd, 2012

Region I  A CPO arrested two men who ran down a Canada goose in a farm field using a golf cart while shooting and killing it with a loaded/un-cased pump shotgun. The CPO received a complaint call and was within 10 miles of the incident and was able to catch the men still in the field disposing of the goose. …

Minnesota Cuffs and Collars – March 23rd, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and made sure fish houses were off area inland waters. Wildfire activity has picked up significantly, and people are reminded to obtain burn permits and keep an eye on weather conditions. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored fish shelter removal from area waterways…

New York Cuffs and Collars – March 23rd, 2012

Northern District Highlights Solid waste investigation (Onondaga County) On July, 18, 2011, while returning from an unrelated interview, Environmental Crimes Investigator Chad Donk observed two tractor trailers getting on Route 690 East in the town of Geddes that had a large amount of black material blowing off the top of their trailers. After initiating a traffic stop on one of the…

Wisconsin Cuffs and Collars – March 23rd, 2012

District 1 — Ashland area Warden John Krull, of Superior, investigated two complaints of minor spills. Warden Krull patrolled trails and frozen lakes in the Superior area by ATV on numerous occasions in February. Warden John Windt, of Hurley, spent the majority of the month checking ice fishermen on the Turtle-Flambeau and the Gile flowages. Windt also checked numerous smaller…

Ohio Cuffs and Collars – March 16th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • While on patrol during the deer gun season, Fairfield County Wildlife Officer Tony Zerkle and Wildlife Investigator Matt Fisher observed a hunter sitting in a treestand approximately 100 yards off of the road. As Zerkle and Fisher walked toward the hunter, they lost sight of the stand for a moment. When the stand…

MIchigan Cuffs and Collars – March 16th, 2012

DISTRICT 1 CO Grant Emery contacted a group of bobcat hunters in Gogebic County who had just harvested a bobcat. A few of the members were not wearing the required hunter orange clothing, and enforcement action was taken. CO Dave Painter observed an ORVer operating after dark along a side street in Caspian without the required headlight. A stop of…

Pennsylvania Cuffs and Collars – March 16th, 2012

NORTHWEST REGION •Erie County WCO Michael A. Girosky said, even though rabbit season is longer, safety still is paramount. “There have been at least two hunting-related shooting incidents in this district since the end of flintlock season, and both involved rabbit hunters,” he said. •Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark said an individual who was charged with reckless endangerment following…

Cuffs and Collars – March 16th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) continued work on Lake of the Woods. Ice conditions are deteriorating fast, and people are encouraged to remove permanent fishing shelters as soon as possible. CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) monitored a snowmobile race in Warroad during the weekend with assistance from local departments. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile…

Cuffs and Collars March 9, 2012

Northern District highlights Tire dumping (Chautauqua County) During November and December, ECOs Kevin Budniewski and Jerry Kinney began working on a tire dumping complaint occurring in five towns at seven different locations in Chautauqua County. An individual was initially caught by the town of Ellicott police dumping tires in two locations and the town of Ellicott police asked for Budniewski’s…

Cuffs and Collars – March 2nd, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored snowmobile and angling activity on Lake of the Woods and the Roseau River. Enforcement action for the week included snowmobile registration violations and marijuana possession. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) attended computer training and monitored area angling activity. Snowmobile activity was monitored near the Oslo 100 cross-country snowmobile event,…

Cuffs and Collars – February 24th, 2012

Northern District highlightsAnimal cruelty(Oneida County)While on patrol in the town of Verona, ECO Vernon Fonda observed a large cloud of smoke coming from behind a residence. After meeting the homeowner, the two walked to the back of the residence to where a recliner was burning under some branches. On the way back to Fonda’s vehicle, he observed a Great Dane…

Cuffs & Collars – Februry 17th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• While patrolling the Knox Lake Wildlife Area, Knox County Wildlife Officer Mike Miller found several pizza boxes that had been left along the lake shore. After doing a little leg work, three hours later he interviewed a man who admitted to leaving the litter the night before after he and his friends were done…

Cuffs & Collars – February 17th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored angling activity on Lake Bronson and Lake of the Woods. Assistance was provided to CO Milbridge and CO Birchem with enforcement action on a case involving a walleye and sauger overlimit.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) assisted other conservation officers with an investigation that resulted in an overlimit of walleyes, sauger, and an…