Cuffs & Collars

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – May 4th, 2012

District 9 — Black River Falls area Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, recognized the name of a fisherman as being on the Wildlife Violator Compact, with all of his DNR licenses suspended. A check with Monroe County revealed the man had four warrants, including unpaid citations for possession of an illegal-sized fish and fishing without a license. A Sparta police…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – May 4th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated an arson fire near Karlstad and attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. A sheep/goose depredation complaint was investigated. It turned out to be coyote depredation. CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) investigated numerous fire investigations and checked ATV activity in the state forest. CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) received a…

Ohio Cuffs and Collars – April 27th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • Knox County Wildlife Officer Mike Miller reports that on the Sunday of the two-day deer gun season he received a call from a landowner that three hunters were hunting without permission and one hunter was chasing deer on a quad runner. Miller arrived at the farm and found the three hunters hunting without…

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – April 27th, 2012

DISTRICT 1 CO Ryan Aho worked a covert patrol on the Menominee River. He targeted overlimit complaints and illegal take during the walleye run. He was able to conduct a few checks, but found no violations. CO Mark Leadman reported numerous complaints received, including litter, fishing out of season, illegal camping on state land, and ORV complaints. CO Trey Luce…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – April 27th, 2012

NORTHWEST REGION •Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal said several treestands had to be removed from state game lands and will be held for 30 days before being disposed of. “These treestands were placed on SGLs before the 2011 rifle deer season and left in place until their removal in April 2012,” he said. “Hunters are reminded that they may…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – April 27th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) presented law and ethics information at the Greenbush firearm safety class. A calf depredation was investigated near Lancaster that turned out to be caused by coyotes. Several arson fires were investigated, and sturgeon anglers were checked on the Rainy River. CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) attended annual training at Camp Ripley and…

Illinois Cuffs & Collars – April 20th, 2012

Region I  While on patrol, a CPO received a complaint of a subject standing in a creek with steel posts. Following up on the complaint, the CPO arrested the subject for an illegal trap set and possession of a river otter. A Marseilles man was charged with failure to tag his deer immediately upon harvest and before being moved and…

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – April 20th, 2012

District 1 — Ashland area Warden Brad Biser, of Brule, with assistance from warden John Krull, of Superior, contacted a subject who admitted to shooting three turkeys from the road while the subject traveled home from work. The season was not open, and this individual had not applied for any turkey permits. Several citations were issued, with restitution requested for…

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…