Illinois DNR

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 10, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Putnam County, CPOs Finn and Wagner were launching a boat at the Hennepin Boat Launch when they observed another vehicle’s brakes give way while that person was unloading their boat. The truck and the trailer went into the water, submerging both. CPO Finn retrieved tow straps, and CPO Wagner backed his squad down the…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 27, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Winnebago County, CPO Alt inspected boats and fishermen on Pierce Lake in Rock Cut State Park. Violations documented included: unlawful operation of a motorboat without a fire extinguisher, unlawful operation of a motorboat without a sounding device, unlawful operation of a watercraft without a certificate of number in possession, and unlawful operation of a…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 13, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, while conducting recreational boat safety inspections, CPO Jones checked a Lanark man who was in possession of his limit of largemouth bass. The man had one bass that was not the legal length. CPO Jones took a photograph of the short bass and released it back into the Mississippi River. A citation…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 29, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Henry County, CPO Posateri received a call from a witness saying he watched a man with a cast net take bass from the Hennepin Canal at the Colona Boat Ramp. She responded to the area, and the man was found to be in possession of four fish illegally taken with a cast net. Only…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 15, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis IIn Henry County, While patrolling at the Hennepin Canal, CPO Posateri found a car blocking the gate. The car was filled with food and other household items. The owner of the car and another subject were located, and they were camping in a restricted area. Both subjects had active warrants for their arrest, and they…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 1, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Palumbo investigated the unlawful take of a hen wild turkey during the spring 2018 turkey season. The hunter was issued a citation and a written warning, and the hen eastern wild turkey was seized. In Henry County, CPO Posateri met with a landowner after his chickens and pheasants were attacked. The…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 18, 2018

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Henry County, CPO Posateri received dispositions regarding the following cases: (1) A Prophetstown man pleaded guilty to the charges of unlawfully taking a deer with a rifle and unlawfully taking a deer out of season. He was assessed a total fine of $400; (2) A 20-year-old Davenport, Iowa man pled guilty to OUI…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 4, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Jones issued a Mount Carroll woman a citation for damage to property for backing over two signs at Mississippi Palisades State Park. In Stephenson County, CPO Fraser assisted CPO Alt with an unlawful take of Canada goose complaint. Witnesses stated a high school age male shot a Canada goose from a…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 20, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis CPO Jones cited an Arlington Heights man for unlawful entry to a closed nature preserve and unlawful pursuit of animals in a closed nature preserve. A Barrington man was also cited for unlawful entry to a restricted area. CPO Palumbo issued a Dixon man a citation and a written warning after an investigation revealed he…

Charges filed in shooting of white pelicans at Newton Lake

American white pelicans. (Minnesota DNR)NEWTON, Ill. — Thanks to information provided by the public, charges have been filed against two Newton teenagers in connection with the illegal shooting of American white pelicans at Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, discovered on April 3. Five pelicans were found dead at Newton Lake by DNR site staff. Another pelican found shot and wounded was taken…

Five federally protected pelicans found shot dead in Illinois lake

American white pelicans. (Minnesota DNR)NEWTON, Ill. — Conservation officers say five American white pelicans were found shot dead in Newton Lake in Illinois. The Illinois DNR said another pelican was injured but is recuperating. The birds are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Act and by state law. Conservation police are asking for the public’s help with any information about…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 6, 2018

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis CPOs Francisko and Posateri, along with Sgt. Petreikis, conducted snowmobile enforcement. The detail resulted in the issuance of numerous citations and written warnings. The following violations were detected: failure to transfer snowmobile registration to new owner within 15 days of purchase; operation of snowmobile without Illinois snowmobile registration; operation of snowmobile without registration card…

McTaggart to replace Bluett as DNR furbearer manager

Stan McTaggart, who has spent more than four years managing upland game as the DNR’s agriculture and grassland wildlife program manager, is replacing Bob Bluett as the agency’s wildlife diversity program manager. Among other things, McTaggart, who also has served the DNR as a district wildlife biologist, will be responsible for the state’s furbearer program. According to Mark Alessi, chief of the DNR’s Division of Wildlife…

Former DNR Director Sam Flood dies

Former Illinois DNR Director Sam Flood has died at age 78. Flood, who was appointed to the job by Gov. Rod Blagojevich on an interim basis following the retirement of Joel Brunsvold in 2005, served the DNR until 2009. Flood had been deputy director at the DNR before taking the top job. His primary duty was described as overseeing construction…