Cuffs & Collars

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…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 11

District 1 – Ashland areaNo report available.District 2 – Cumberland areaWardens Jesse Ashton, of Luck, and Jon Hagen, of Spooner, checked fishermen below the St. Croix Falls dam and found an undersized sturgeon on a stringer. Ashton photographed the sturgeon and released it. A request for criminal charges has been forwarded to the Polk County D.A. for possession of an…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 11

Northern District HighlightsSnowmobiles through the ice(Saratoga County)On March 3, Region 5 ECO Robert Higgins received a call from New York State Police Trooper Vanderpool regarding some snowmobiles which possibly went through the ice on Great Sacandaga Lake in the Town of Hadley. In addition to any snowmobile law offenses, the ECOs require that any vehicles, ATVs or snowmobiles that go…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 11

Region IA District 7 CPO worked a water patrol in Henderson County. The patrol was focusing on small bodies of water in conjunction with operation Warm Weather/Cold Water. The officer encountered a father and son in a canoe on a flooded creek. The small child was wearing an adult life jacket. The father did not have a PFD in the…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 21

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) investigated an illegal dumping incident in a state forest, investigated timber wolf depredation at a cattle farm, and investigated an illegal fire in the Roosevelt area. Anglers were checked on western Lake of the Woods.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked anglers in the Lake of the Woods area. A litter investigation was handled,…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 11

DISTRICT 1CO Marv Gerlach is working a recreational trespass complaint in which a subject allegedly shot a turkey near another person’s residence. The investigation is ongoing.CO Doug Hermanson and Sgt. Steven Burton issued a ticket to an angler who was smelt fishing on Umbrella Tree Creek. He was trespassing, catching fish with his hands, and fishing without a license.CO Ryan…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 11

NORTHWEST REGIONJefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless assisted with the investigation of a hunting-related shooting incident in southern Jefferson County, during the first week of the spring turkey season. “Although the victim’s injuries were serious, they could have been much worse considering the victims distance to the shooter,” he said. “Even though the wearing of fluorescent orange is no longer…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 11

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• Wildlife Officer Mike Miller reports that he and Wildlife Officer Dirk Cochran were assigned to investigate a digging ginseng without permission complaint on two individuals. The officers investigation involved a Mount Vernon resident found to be digging ginseng without permission and failing to keep ginseng digging records. The second man was contacted by officers…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 10

Western District HighlightsLocal waterfowl carverbecomes waterfowl poacher(St. Lawrence County)ECO Bret Canary had received numerous complaints over a three-year period regarding illegal duck hunting during the closed season occurring along the shores of the Saint Lawrence River west of Lisbon town beach. The complainants never had enough information, or even a pinpointed spot where it was occurring; just a general direction….

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 19

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent time checking northern pike anglers near Warroad, investigating illegal fires, and working on seasonal equipment issues.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) attended annual training at Camp Ripley and followed up on complaints of littering and illegal minnow traps. An after-dark patrol was conducted on the Rainy River to check boaters and sturgeon anglers.CO…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 10

NORTHWEST REGION Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak recently cited two individuals for driving into the controlled goose hunt area at Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area. “Both individuals drove into a field that is clearly marked ‘Entry Prohibited’ and is adjacent to a parking area so they could better see the birds,” he said. Both got stuck and had to be…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 18

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) attended annual training at Camp Ripley. An illegal fire was investigated, with charges pending.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked sturgeon anglers on the Rainy River and monitored ATV activity. The Wildlife Division was assisted with a sharp-tailed grouse survey. CO Birchem also investigated a trespass complaint on state property.CO Angie Warren (Thief River…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9

District 6 – Eau Claire areaWarden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, investigated 21 complaints in March relating to taxidermy activities, coyote hunting, littering, septic disposal, and deer violations.Wardens Hanna and Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, investigated a fatal snowmobile crash that occurred in Clark County in March during the early morning hours. The victim veered off the trail and struck a tree….

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9

Western District HighlightsFuel spill(Onondaga County)On Jan. 17, ECO Rick Head answered a report of a fuel spill at a gas station in Syracuse. A truck driver had left his truck unattended and returned to find diesel fuel spilling on the ground. The nozzle handle had been propped open in order to keep fuel flowing to the truck’s fuel tank. The…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 17

District 1 – Baudette area CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the firearms safety class in East Grand Forks, attended new portable radio training, and monitored area beaver-trapping activities. Questions were answered regarding youth ATV operation and walleye fishing. CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) completed an investigation of feeding deer in the…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9

DISTRICT 1CO Mark Leadman is following up on a minnow dealer who failed to renew his license from 2009 despite being warned about this last year.CO Trey Luce has been getting more and more complaints about dogs running deer. Unfortunately, the heavy snow crust is allowing dogs to easily run on top of the snow while deer are breaking through….

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9

NORTHWEST REGIONButler County WCO Christopher J. Deal filed citations in several cases for unlawful possession of wildlife or their parts this past month.Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger recently had two bears with mange in the same place in his district.Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger is investigating a recent case of dumping on lands open to hunting in his…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• State Wildlife Officer Brad Kiger had an odd day in March with several strange calls. Kiger had two phone calls about some black bear tracks that were found in the Franklin County area. After looking at the tracks, one was found to be a coyote and the second was found to be squirrel tracks….

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 16

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) worked spring beaver run activity. A wildfire was investigated in Kittson County.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) investigated a timber wolf depredation complaint and attended a training session in the metro area.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked area creeks for fish run activity and responded to numerous questions about nuisance animals and injured hawks. Boaters…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 8

District 1 – Ashland areaWarden Matt Mackenzie, of Ashland, investigated a report of a snowmobile that broke through the ice on Lake Superior. No one was injured; the snowmobile was recovered.Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, worked snowmobile enforcement with the recreation officer for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. Citations were issued for various registration and moving violations.Warden Burns found some…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 8

Northern District HighlightsCustoms and Border Patrol AgentsReport Violations(Clinton County)Region 5 ECO Les Taylor received information from the Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine of several carrot piles with hunting stands adjacent to them in the northern part of Clinton County. Taylor, familiar with the area, went to the property only to find the entire area posted. Needing…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 8

DISTRICT 1COs Trey Luce and Mark Leadman had a snowmobile operator fail to stop in the Gwinn area. They tracked the sled to an unrelated residence where the operator had hidden it behind a house, then fled on foot. The sled was impounded, and the investigation continues.CO Jason Wicklund was working a late-night fishing complaint in Gogebic County when he…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 8

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• About 2:30 a.m. on a February morning in Franklin County, a state wildlife officer was contacted by the ODNR Communication Center and asked to call a lieutenant with the Columbus Police Department. The lieutenant stated that they had two adults and one juvenile that were caught mudding in a field and shooting rabbits. Because…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 14

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) removed illegal permanent stands from local wildlife management areas. CO Huener also presented the law and ethics portion of the firearms safety training class in Lancaster. Angling and invasive species checks were conducted on Lake of the Woods. Many anglers are still being educated about the potentially dangerous bait being used, and…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 7

District 9 – Black River Falls areaWarden Bill Miller, of Adams, met with town supervisors and a snowmobile club to discuss the problems with snowmobilers operating on town roads. The town and club will get the roads properly signed, and the town will work on a trail access ordinance.Warden Wade Romberg, of Friendship, issued citations in February for fishing with…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 7

Northern DistrictHighlightsWhey Spill from Persistent Violator(Lewis County)On Nov. 30, and Dec. 2 of last year, Region 6 ECO John Murphy observed two separate spill incidents on a dairy facility in the Town of New Bremen, Lewis County, that flowed directly into the Black River. The spills were caused by the facility’s inability to dispose of its waste properly. Lt. John…