Cuffs & Collars

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 16

Region IA District 7 CPO responded to a complaint from a Fulton County resident about dead fish in a small stream. The CPO completed an initial investigation and the following morning met with a district fisheries biologist and a protection engineer with the IEPA. The source of the fish kill was determined and a fish kill assessment was completed. The…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 31

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent time on gray wolf depredation complaints and monitoring for invasive species among boaters.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked a special enforcement detail, checked area anglers, and monitored ATV activity. Numerous calls were answered concerning the upcoming bear season and youth ATV safety classes. A complaint about an invasive noxious weed…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 16

DISTRICT 1CO Jason Niemi worked a joint patrol on the Menominee River with a warden from Wisconsin. The officers patrolled over 15 miles of the river and contacted many boaters. Five tickets were issued for a variety of marine violations, and six verbal warnings were issued.CO Brian Bacon stopped an ORV operator who had his two young children on the…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 16

NORTHWEST REGIONErie County WCO Michael A. Girosky has seen an increase in dumping litter on SGL 314 in the past two months.Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger said several major trash dumping incidents were reported.Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger said several citations were issued for illegal ATV activity over the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays.SOUTHWEST REGIONWCO Rod…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 30

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent time wrapping up the DNR facility security assignment related to the state shutdown. A timber wolf depredation complaint was handled at a local cattle farm. Anglers and boaters were checked.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) conducted follow-up and took enforcement action on illegal PWC operation on the Warroad River. A careless driving incident…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 15

Western District HighlightsIllegal training fires(Oswego County)In November 2010 while on patrol, ECO Matt Dorrett noticed the remains of a recently burned structure that was still smoldering in the Oswego County town of Volney. A short distance up the road the officer encountered an assistant fire chief of the local fire department. The ECO questioned the fireman about the fire and…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 15

DISTRICT 1CO Brett Gustafson and Sgt. Steven Burton stopped a boater for a fishing check on Lake Gogebic. The angler was trolling, and upon their approach, asked the COs if they had a tape measure. A 20-inch northern pike was located in the boat, which was released and swam away. The angler was given a warning for possession of an…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 15

NORTHWEST REGIONMercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin said eagle nest sites in the county have produced at least 12 confirmed young this season. “That number will actually be greater because the young from several active nests aren’t included in the total because nest location and heavy foliage have hindered observation and monitoring efforts,” he said.Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 15

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• On a recent Sunday afternoon, wildlife officers Steve Harvey and Dirk Cochran were checking fisherman at Alum Creek Reservoir. Harvey contacted Cochran to ask for assistance on observing a group of fisherman that he had located in a remote fishing access area. The officers had noted a large amount of litter had been left…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 14

District 8 – La Crosse areaWardens Dale Hochhausen, of Stoddard, and Edward McCann, of La Crosse, received a complaint about a bass fisherman who intentionally threw a broken landing net into the Mississippi. The caller stated the person landed a fish and when the net broke, the person threw both pieces into the river. When the wardens contacted the two…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 14

Region IA District 7 CPO was conducting Operation Warm Weather/Cold Water watercraft compliance safety checks. The CPO’s intent was to ensure the boaters had the proper safety equipment and to inform them of cold water precautions. The CPO observed a small two-person watercraft going along the shore line. Two large males were aboard and the watercraft appeared have an inch…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 14

NORTHWEST REGIONCrawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak states that increased patrols in some high activity areas on state game lands have resulted in citations being filed for illegal ATV activity as well as others for violations of property control regulations.Erie County WCO Michael A. Girosky reports that there was a turkey killed with a rock recently in Lake City by…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 14

`Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• In April, Logan County Wildlife Officer Adam Smith received a voice mail from an unknown caller. The caller’s message claimed that Smith was not doing his job and that Smith was, “at home, sitting on the couch, watching TV.” The next day, while Smith was conducting sport fishing enforcement at Indian Lake, he made…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 26

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) worked with a local business on an aquatic vegetation removal project. He also spent time working a special detail on Red Lake with a neighboring officer.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) checked area anglers and investigated a gray wolf depredation. He also met with other DNR divisions in preparation for the possible…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 13

Western District HighlightsIllegal Wastewater Discharge(Onondaga County)As a result of two previous investigations into the illegal discharge of concrete waste water, Investigator Karen Williams received a complaint that a third concrete company was also operating in the same way. Based on information received, Williams conducted inspections at two concrete plants in Onondaga County. Both plants were engaging in the same process…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 13

Region IA CPO arrested a subject for unlawful entry into a restricted area. The CPO was notified by state police that a farmer was having issues with people cutting across his land and going into DNR property, specifically the Blackball Mines Nature Preserve. The farmer advised the CPO that he has a posted No Trespassing sign up, and wants them…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 25

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) attended training at Camp Ripley. CO Huener also investigated wolf depredation and dealt with a sick elk.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) attended computer training at Camp Ripley, worked a special boat and water detail, checked anglers on Lake of the Woods, and monitored public accesses for invasive species. Enforcement action was taken for…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 13

DISTRICT 1CO Brian Bacon and Sgt. Marc Pomroy contacted a group of anglers fishing on Gene’s Pond in Dickinson County. A check of the daily catch on one of the boats found a bass that was well under the 14-inch minimum. Further checks in the group revealed an expired boat registration and fishing license violations. Enforcement action was taken.CO Brian…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 13

NORTHWEST REGIONJefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman said several littering cases have been finalized, and several more are being investigated.Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder said a photograph was taken of a fisher in northern Mercer County. The large member of the weasel family was perched in the upper branches of a maple tree, he said. “Although fishers are more…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 24

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports water conditions on the Roseau River are still high and fast, but that many northern pike are being caught.CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls #2) reports a call of a dead deer in a ditch was received. Area gravel pits and trails were patrolled for off-road vehicle activity.CO Keith Backer (Blackduck)…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 12

District 9 – Black River Falls areaWarden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, concluded his investigation into a poaching case in Wilton Township from February. He had contacted the suspect and seized a .17-caliber rifle. Eight citations were issued for turkey, small-game, trapping, and deer-hunting violations.Warden Modjeski assisted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department with its investigation of an intoxicated person discharging a…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 12

Northern District HighlightsCheckpoints include ECO enforcement(Allegany County)Region 9 ECOs conducted several truck enforcement initiatives across Allegany County in February 2011. On Feb. 3, ECO Mark Wojtkowiak issued three tickets to a tractor-trailer operator who passed a marked inspection station in Friendship. The driver was subsequently taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol as he was identified as an illegal…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 23

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked anglers on the south side of Lake of the Woods and at the Northwest Angle. Fishing success remains good. Possible walleye overlimits were investigated.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) assisted a local police department with an anhydrous ammonia leak, checked area boaters and anglers, and investigated a gray wolf depredation incident.CO…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 12

DISTRICT 1COs Grant Emery, Jason Wicklund and Sgt. Marc Pomroy assisted the U.S. Forest Service during an ORV rally in Gogebic County. Several hundred ORVs participated in the event and enforcement action was taken for operating on the roadway, juveniles operating while unsupervised, and helmet/seat belt violations.CO Brian Bacon responded to two wildfire complaints in Dickinson County. Careless burning was…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 12

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• With the spring thaw, wildlife officers again began documenting subjects using four-wheel drive trucks and off-road vehicles in undesignated areas on various wildlife areas. Wildlife officers have identified Delaware Wildlife Area in Delaware, Marion and Morrow counties for an increased enforcement effort to curtail this activity. Recently, officers Steve Harvey and Dirk Cochran were…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 22

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored boating and angling activity on Lake of the Woods and on the Roseau and Warroad rivers. Invasive species checks were also conducted on boats leaving Lake of the Woods’ infested waters.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent time checking boats at accesses for invasives.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) found and recovered a canoe that…