Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 7, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jared Ferguson was traveling south on M-95 when he encountered a motor vehicle traveling 95 mph in a posted 55 miles per hour zone. CO Ferguson was able to stop the vehicle and contact the driver. CO Ferguson asked the driver why he continued at a high rate of speed and didn’t slow down after seeing the…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 23, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Byron Parks was traveling on M 38 when he approached a bridge. There was a vehicle parked on the side of the bridge. CO Parks knew that this part of the Firesteel River was closed to fishing. As CO Parks walked down towards the river, he could see two subjects holding fishing poles. The two subjects began…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 9, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Ethen Mapes was patrolling an intersection near the Porcupine Mountains ski hill when he observed a snowmobile fail to stop at a stop sign before crossing a road. CO Mapes attempted to stop the snowmobiler but was unable to get around the subject until after they had run through yet another intersection. Upon contacting the rider, CO…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 26, 2021

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) Brian Lasanen was patrolling a closed multi-use state trail when he contacted the operator of a snow bike and a group of other snowmobiles operating on the closed trail. CO Lasanen noticed the bike and another snowmobile did not have a valid trail permit showing. When questioned about this, one of the riders stated he…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 12, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jared Ferguson received multiple complaints from a property owner regarding ORVs going around his gate and past his no trespassing signs in western Dickinson County. CO Ferguson continued to patrol the area frequently and eventually ran into an ORV on the individual’s property. The operator said that he had been taking the trail for years and nobody…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 26, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Zach Painter and Ethen Mapes conducted an after-dark patrol on Lake Gogebic. The COs observed several tip-ups with no one around them and multiple flags up on the lighted tip-ups.  The COs waited nearby to see if anyone would check the tip-ups. After a half hour of waiting with no activity at the tip-ups, the COs followed…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 29, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jared Ferguson was in northern Dickinson County when he was waved down by a civilian in a motor vehicle.  The citizen was concerned over a bear that he thought was sick and needed to be put down. CO Ferguson explained that the bear was lethargic because his hibernation was interrupted, most likely due to the logging operation…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 15, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Ethen Mapes responded to an ORV trespassing complaint near Bruce Crossing. Upon investigating ORV tracks onto the complainant’s property, a gut pile was found. CO Mapes followed the ORV tracks to the neighbor’s property where a large bait pile was found as well as an untagged deer. The owner of the deer admitted that he did not…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 1, 2021

DISTRICT 1 No new reports DISTRICT 2 COs Todd Sumbera, Mike Evink, Mike Olesen, and Sgt. Calvin Smith assisted the MSP with a search for a missing person in central Mackinac County. The search was very extensive covering both land and water. COs Robert Freeborn and Todd Sumbera were on patrol when they observed a pickup truck stopped in the…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 18, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Ethen Mapes assisted the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office in an off-road vehicle (ORV) pursuit that initiated when a deputy tried to arrest the driver on a felony warrant for flee and elude. A short chase ensued in the Bruce Crossing area until the suspect drove into a swampy area. CO Mapes tracked the rider and his passenger…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 18, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  Ohio’s state wildlife officers are often involved with fish management projects, wildlife management projects, and information and education duties. One of those wildlife management duties is collecting samples from road-killed deer so that they can be tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD). While on patrol, officers find deer that have been…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 4, 2020

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) Ethen Mapes responded to a complaint about shots fired after dark near Ewen in Ontonagon County. After conducting interviews and tracking a blood trail, CO Mapes was able to gain a confession from an individual, who was also a felon. The individual admitted to shooting a deer that was standing under a yard light from…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 20, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Shannon Kritz received a tip that somebody was continuously blocking access to state property. CO Kritz went to the location, walked down the road beyond the blockage, and discovered that it led to a hunting blind with no name or address on it. CO Kritz placed a trail camera to monitor the area and to see if…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 6, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Jared Ferguson was patrolling Dickinson County when he observed two kayakers on a local river system fishing. CO Ferguson contacted the two individuals and found both subjects did not have personal floating devices (PFDs). During the contact, one individual was questioning why he should have a PFD on a kayak. At that moment he flipped his kayak…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 23, 2020

DISTRICT 1 COs Ethen Mapes and Zach Painter were on patrol in Ontonagon County and stopped a large group of ORVs. While talking with the operators, several signs of intoxication were observed with one subject. Standard field sobriety tests (SFSTs) were given to the subject and he was arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI). COs Shannon Kritz and Jeff Dell…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 14, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO John Kamps responded to the scene of a forest fire and assisted the fire officers in developing a suspect. The CO went to the suspect’s house for an interview and was unable to contact the suspect. During that visit, CO Kamps observed a 4-point deer rack along the front walkway of the suspect’s house. The deer had…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 31, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Jenni Hanson was contacted by an Ontonagon County resident regarding a nuisance bear that had ripped the screen and entered her screened porch. CO Hanson set a bear trap and within 24 hours caught the problem bear. Before releasing to the wild, the bear was evaluated by a DNR wildlife biologist. While at a boat launch in…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 17, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Zach Painter responded to a complaint of gunshots followed by bullets traveling near a residence in Gogebic County. CO Painter talked with the complainant and identified a direction from which the gunshots came. CO Painter contacted a family that had just moved to the area and learned that the two teenage boys had been shooting their guns…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 3, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Byron Parks was off duty when he received a burning complaint on a day burning was prohibited. CO Parks responded to the complaint and upon arrival, he could see a large burn pile with a tree burning on top. CO Parks contacted the owner of the home and asked whether he checked to see if burn permits…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 19, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Zach Painter was on patrol in Gogebic County and responded to an officer calling for backup on a Department of Health and Human Safety assist. While assisting, CO Painter was shown a pet grey squirrel in a cage by one of the children in the home. CO Painter asked the child how he got the squirrel and…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 5, 2020

 DISTRICT 1 CO Jenni Hanson received a complaint regarding potentially orphaned bear cubs in Ontonagon County. CO Hanson located the cubs but saw no sign of a sow nearby. After monitoring for a few weeks, it was determined the cubs were indeed orphaned. CO Hanson and DNR wildlife biologist Brad Johnson captured the cubs and transported them to a local…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 22, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Jeffrey Dell received a complaint from a subject whose residence and vehicle had been struck by a bullet. CO Dell was able to determine the bullet had originated from a neighboring property. CO Dell contacted the owner of the neighboring property and observed several targets that were in the direction of the victim’s residence. Also observed was…