Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 10, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jenni Hanson received a video of two local men illegally operating vehicles in a river. The subjects posted the videos on their Snapchat. After completing her preliminary investigation, CO Hanson contacted and interviewed both suspects. Ultimately, they admitted to camping illegally, cutting down trees, littering, and operating their jeeps in the Montreal River. Charges are being sought…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 27, 2021

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) Zach Painter was working a marine patrol on Lake Gogebic. CO Painter observed a boat operating well after sunset that was not displaying navigation lights. CO Painter stopped the boat and noticed several signs of intoxication with the operator. Standard field sobriety tests (SFSTs) were given to the operator. The subject was placed under arrest…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 13, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Zach Painter and Ethen Mapes were on patrol in Ontonagon County when a “be on the lookout” call was received for a subject and the vehicle he was driving. The subject was reported to be causing a scene at a local grocery store and appeared to be very intoxicated. The COs located the vehicle a short while…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 30, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Byron Parks and Brian Lasanen were patrolling Keweenaw County when an in-progress report all poaching (RAP) complaint was called in regarding subjects snagging fish at Otter River Dam in Houghton County. The COs were about 50 miles from the complaint but decided to make their way towards the Otter River Dam. About an hour later, the COs…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 16, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Ethen Mapes and Zach Painter were investigating a poaching complaint in Bergland when a vehicle entered the parking lot of the boat launch at a high rate of speed. The driver sped through the parking lot, coming to a screeching stop just before the gate to the fishing pier. The driver honked the horn for approximately 30…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 2, 2021

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer Ethen Mapes responded to a medical call involving an elderly female whose oxygen machine had quit working. Upon arrival, the subject was having difficulty breathing. The subject pointed CO Mapes to a closet with an oxygen tank inside. CO Mapes retrieved the oxygen tank and was able to get the subject’s breathing back to normal. CO…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 18, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jenni Hanson responded to assist with a search and rescue in the Porcupine Mountains State Park. An elderly female failed to check out of her hotel room, and her vehicle was located at the state park. Officers involved contacted the family who advised they had not heard from her in two days. CO Hanson, along with a…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 4, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Shannon Kritz was on patrol when she noticed a vehicle parked near a closed trout stream. CO Kritz walked along the stream and observed a subject fishing in the stream. CO Kritz approached the subject and asked if he was aware the stream was closed. The angler gave CO Kritz a variety of excuses including that he…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 21, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Shannon Kritz responded to a complaint of a grass fire that was spreading toward houses. CO Kritz assisted in evacuating nearby houses until the fire was under control.  Once the fire was controlled, CO Kritz returned to the residence where the fire originally started. The investigation revealed that the fire was started when two children (10 and…

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…