The department shall prepare an annual report concerning wildlife damage, the wildlife damage abatement program and the wildlife damage claim program, including a summary of each of the following:
All of the wildlife damage believed to have occurred in the state.
The wildlife damage claims that were filed under this section.
The wildlife damage abatement measures that were recommended or implemented under this section.
The percentage of the total number of filed wildlife damage claims that are rejected for failure to meet the requirements of the programs.
The percentage of the total number of wildlife damage claims for which the amount of the payment to the claimant was prorated under sub. (7) (d)
The department shall submit the report under this subsection no later than June 1 of each year for distribution to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature in the manner provided under s. 13.172 (3)
. The first report shall be submitted no later than June 1, 1999. Each report shall cover the 12-month period ending on the December 31 that immediately precedes the date of the report.
(12) Tolerable deer damage levels.
The department shall promulgate rules to establish standards for tolerable levels of damage caused by deer living in the wild to crops on agricultural land, including commercial seedings, orchard trees and nursery stock. The department shall use the standards in setting goals for managing the deer herd.
Venison processing grants. 29.89(1)
In this section:
"Charitable organization" means a nonprofit corporation, charitable trust or other nonprofit association that is described in section 501
(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that is exempt from taxation under section 501
(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
"Deer damage management season" means a season for hunting deer that is established or extended by the department in order to reduce the deer population because the department determines that an excess population of deer will result in the increase of damage to agricultural or forest lands.
(2) Establishment of program.
The department shall establish a program to reimburse counties for the costs that they incur in processing venison from certain deer carcasses.
(3) Eligibility requirements.
A county is eligible for reimbursement under this section if all of the following apply:
The county participates in the administration of both the wildlife damage abatement program and the wildlife damage claim program under s. 29.889
The county accepts deer carcasses for processing and pays for the costs of processing.
The venison that is processed comes from deer that were killed in the county during a deer damage management season.
The county pays for the costs of processing the venison.
The processed venison is donated as provided under sub. (4)
(4) Donations authorized.
A county may donate the processed venison to a food distribution service or a charitable organization. The county may require that the carcasses be field dressed before accepting them for processing.
Reimbursement under this section shall equal the amount that it costs a county to process the venison.
The department shall reimburse counties under this section from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (fq)
after first deducting from s. 20.370 (5) (fq)
payments made for county administrative costs, payments made for wildlife damage abatement assistance and wildlife damage claim payments under s. 29.889
If the total amount of reimbursable costs under par. (a)
exceeds the amount available after making the deductions under par. (b)
, the department shall establish a system to prorate the reimbursement payments among the eligible counties.
(6) Tagging exemption.
The requirement under s. 29.347 (2m) (a)
that the tags remain with the deer carcass or venison does not apply to a deer carcass or venison that is subject to this section.
History: 1999 a. 9
Warrants; arrests; police powers. 29.921(1)
The department and its wardens may execute and serve warrants and processes issued under any law enumerated in ss. 23.50 (1)
in the same manner as any constable may serve and execute the process; and may arrest, with or without a warrant, any person detected in the actual violation, or whom the officer has probable cause to believe is guilty of a violation of any of the laws cited in this subsection, whether the violation is punishable by criminal penalties or by forfeiture, and may take the person before any court in the county where the offense was committed and make a proper complaint. For the purpose of enforcing any of the laws cited in this subsection, any officer may stop and board any boat and stop any vehicle, if the officer reasonably suspects there is a violation of those sections.
(2) Field archaeology.
The department and any of its wardens may execute and serve warrants and processes issued for violations of s. 44.47
occurring on the bed of any stream or lake in the same manner as any constable may serve and execute the process; and may arrest a person, with or without a warrant, who is detected committing such a violation, or whom the warden has probable cause to believe is guilty of a violation of s. 44.47
, and may take the person before any court in the county where the violation was committed and make proper complaint. For the purpose of enforcing s. 44.47
, any warden may stop and board any boat and stop any vehicle, if the warden reasonably suspects that there is a violation of s. 44.47
The department and its wardens may execute and serve warrants and processes issued for violations of s. 947.013 (1m) (b)
if the victim of the harassment is intentionally selected because of the victim's race in the same manner as any constable may serve and execute the process; and may arrest, with or without a warrant, any person detected in the actual violation, or whom the warden has probable cause to believe guilty of a violation of s. 947.013 (1m) (b)
, whether the violation is punishable by criminal penalties or by forfeiture and may take the person before any court in the county where the offense was committed and make a proper complaint. For the purpose of enforcing s. 947.013 (1m) (b)
, any warden may stop and board any boat and stop any vehicle, if the warden reasonably suspects there is a violation of s. 947.013 (1m)
(4) Tribal code enforcement.
If a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band consents to the enforcement of its conservation code by the department or if a federal court order authorizes or directs the enforcement, the department and its wardens may execute and serve warrants and processes issued for violations of the tribe's or band's conservation code that occur outside the exterior boundaries of American Indian reservations; and may arrest a person, with or without a warrant, who is detected committing such a violation, or whom the warden has probable cause to believe is guilty of such a violation, and may take the person before the tribal court of appropriate jurisdiction and make proper complaint. For the purpose of enforcing a tribe's or band's conservation code, any warden may stop and board any boat and may stop any vehicle, if the warden reasonably suspects there is a violation of such a conservation code.
(5) Additional arrest powers.
In addition to the arrest powers under sub. (1)
, a warden who has completed a program of law enforcement training approved by the law enforcement standards board, has been certified as qualified to be a law enforcement officer under s. 165.85 (4) (b) 1.
and has complied with any applicable requirements under s. 165.85 (4) (bn) 1.
while on duty and in uniform or on duty and upon display of proper credentials may assist another law enforcement agency as defined under s. 165.83 (1) (b)
including making an arrest at the request of the agency, may arrest a person pursuant to an arrest warrant concerning the commission of a felony or may arrest a person who has committed a crime in the presence of the warden. If the warden makes an arrest without the presence of another law enforcement agency, the warden shall cause the person arrested to be delivered to the chief of police or sheriff in the jurisdiction where the arrest is made, along with the documents and reports pertaining to the arrest. The warden shall be available as a witness for the state. A warden may not conduct investigations for violations of state law except as authorized in ss. 23.11 (4)
, 29.924 (1)
and 41.41 (12)
. A warden acting under the authority of this subsection is considered an employee of the department and is subject to its direction, benefits and legal protection. The authority granted in this section does not apply to county conservation wardens or special conservation wardens.
(6) Search warrants; subpoenas.
In executing search warrants and subpoenas under this chapter where the penalty for the violation is a forfeiture, the department shall use procedures which comply with ss. 968.12
(7) Dogs injuring wildlife.
A warden may kill a dog found running, injuring, causing injury to, or killing, any deer, other than farm-raised deer, or destroying game birds, their eggs or nests, if immediate action is necessary to protect the deer or game birds, their nests or eggs, from injury or death.
History: 1997 a. 248
A game warden who kills a dog that he believes is wounding or worrying a domestic animal is not exempt from liability under all circumstances. Munyon v. Moe, 46 Wis. 2d 629
, 176 N.W.2d 324
Investigations; searches. 29.924(1)
The department and its wardens shall, upon receiving notice or information of the violation of any laws cited ins. 29.921 (1), as soon as possible make a thorough investigation and institute proceedings if the evidence warrants it.
(2) Driving without headlights.
In the performance of their law enforcement duties, wardens may operate motor vehicles owned or leased by the department upon a highway, other than an interstate, a state trunk highway or any highway within the limits of any incorporated area, during hours of darkness without lighted headlamps, tail lamps or clearance lamps, contrary to s. 347.06
, if the driving will aid in the accomplishment of a lawful arrest for violation of this chapter or in ascertaining whether a violation of this chapter has been or is about to be committed. Any civil action or proceeding brought against any warden operating a motor vehicle under this subsection is subject to ss. 893.82
(3) Opening packages.
The department and its wardens may examine and open any package in the possession of a common carrier which they have probable cause to believe contains wild animals in violation of this chapter, or carcasses, or is falsely labeled in violation of this chapter. Each common carrier and its agent or employee shall permit the officer to examine and open the package. Any opened package shall be restored to its original condition.
(4) Access to storage places.
The owner or occupant of any cold-storage warehouse or building used for the storage or retention of wild animals or carcasses shall permit the department and its wardens to enter and examine the premises subject to s. 66.0119
. The owner or occupant, or the agent or employee of the owner or occupant, shall deliver to the officer any wild animal or carcass, in his or her possession during the closed season, whether taken within or without the state.
NOTE: Sub. (4) is shown as affected by two acts of the 1999 legislature and as merged by the revisor under s. 13.93 (2) (c).
(5) Access to private land.
The department may, after making reasonable efforts to notify the owner or occupant, enter private lands to retrieve or diagnose dead or diseased wild animals and take actions reasonably necessary to prevent the spread of contagious disease in the wild animals.
History: 1997 a. 248
; 1999 a. 83
; 1999 a. 150
; 13.93 (2) (c).
The following are declared public nuisances:
Any unlicensed, untagged or unmarked net of any kind, or other unlicensed, untagged or unmarked device for fishing.
Any licensed, tagged or marked net or other device for fishing set, placed, or found in any waters where it is prohibited to be used, or in a manner prohibited by this chapter.
Any unlicensed, untagged or unmarked setline, cable, rope, or line, with more than one fish line attached.
Any licensed, tagged or marked setline set, placed, or found in any waters where it is prohibited to be used, or in a manner prohibited by this chapter.
Any fish line left in the water unattended, whether having one or more hooks attached.
Any long tunnel pound net or similar entrapping net other than the legal fyke net, drop net, submarine trap net and the short tunnel pound net whenever found in outlying waters or on any boat, dock, pier or wharf or in any building or vehicle on or adjacent to outlying waters. Any nets found as described in this subsection shall be sufficient evidence of the use of the nets by the owner.
Any device set in public waters to prevent the free passage of fish, or set in any stream which has been stocked by the state unless authorized by the department.
Any permanent or temporary structure placed, occupied, or used on the ice of any waters in violation of this chapter.
Any unlicensed trap, snare, spring gun, set gun, net or other device which might entrap, ensnare, or kill game.
Any trap without a metal tag attached as required by law.
Any boat, together with its tackle and equipment.
Any lamp, light, gun, firearm, ammunition, bow, crossbow or arrow used in violation of this chapter or s. 167.31
or any rules promulgated under s. 167.31
Any boat, floating raft, box, or blind set in open water and used in hunting game birds.
Any decoys left in the water unattended.
Any dog found running deer, except farm-raised deer, at any time, or used in violation of this chapter.
Any ferret, rat, weasel, or guinea pig in possession or used while hunting.
Any motor vehicle, boat, aircraft, remote sensing equipment, navigational device, survey equipment, scuba gear or other equipment or device used in the commission of a crime relating to a submerged cultural resource in violation of s. 44.47
Seizure and confiscation of wild animals or plants.
The department and its wardens shall seize and confiscate any wild animal, carcass or plant caught, killed, taken, had in possession or under control, sold or transported in violation of this chapter and the officer may, with or without warrant, open, enter and examine all buildings, camps, boats on inland or outlying waters, vehicles, valises, packages and other places where the officer has probable cause to believe that wild animals, carcasses or plants, taken or held in violation of this chapter, are to be found.
(2) Seizure and confiscation of objects; sale of perishable property. 29.931(2)(a)(a)
The department and its wardens shall seize and hold, subject to the order of the court for the county in which the alleged offense was committed, any vehicle, boat or object declared by this chapter to be a public nuisance, or which they have probable cause to believe is being used in violation of this chapter or s. 167.31
or is being used in the commission of a crime relating to a submerged cultural resource in violation of s. 44.47
. If it is proven that the vehicle, boat or object is a public nuisance or that within 6 months previous to the seizure the vehicle, boat or object was used in violation of this chapter or s. 167.31
or was used in the commission of a crime relating to a submerged cultural resource in violation of s. 44.47
, it shall be confiscated if the court directs in its order for judgment.
Any perishable property seized by the department or its wardens may be sold at the highest available price, and the proceeds of the sale turned into court for disposition as the court directs.
(3) Entire shipment affected.
Confiscation of any part of a shipment under this section shall include the entire shipment.
History: 1997 a. 248
Sale of confiscated game and objects. 29.934(1)(a)(a)
All wild animals, carcasses or plants that are confiscated by the department and all confiscated vehicles, boats or objects shall, if not destroyed as authorized by law, be sold at the highest price obtainable, by the department, or by an agent on commission under supervision of the department. The net proceeds of sales under this subsection, after deducting the expense of seizure and sale and any commissions and any amounts owing to holders of security interests under par. (c)
, shall be remitted to the department. The remittance shall be accompanied by a report of the sales, supported by vouchers for expenses and commissions, and shall be filed with the department.
Of the remittance from the sales of confiscated vehicles, boats or objects, 18% shall be paid into the conservation fund to reimburse it for expenses incurred in seizure and sale, and the remaining 82% shall be paid into the common school fund.
In the case of the sale of a confiscated motor vehicle, the department shall make a reasonable effort, within 10 days after seizure, to ascertain if a security interest in the seized motor vehicle exists. The department shall, within 10 days after obtaining actual or constructive notice of any security interest in the seized motor vehicle, give the secured party notice of the time and place when there is to be any proceeding before a court pertaining to the confiscation of the motor vehicle. Constructive notice shall be limited to security interests perfected by filing.
The time of sale of the confiscated motor vehicle shall be within 20 days after judgment of confiscation as provided in s. 29.931 (2)
. The department shall give each secured party discovered in accordance with subd. 1.
at least 10 days' notice of the time and place of sale of the motor vehicle.
If the holder of a security interest in the confiscated motor vehicle, perfected by filing, proves to the court, or after judgment of confiscation, to the department, that the violation that led to the confiscation was not with the knowledge, consent or connivance of the holder of the security interest or with that of some person employed or trusted by the holder of the security interest, the amount due under the security agreement, together with any other deductions authorized under par. (a)
, shall be deducted from the proceeds of the sale of the confiscated motor vehicle and the amount due shall be paid to the one entitled. If a sufficient amount does not remain for the full payment of the amount due under the security agreement after making the other deductions authorized under par. (a)
, the amount remaining shall be paid to the one entitled.
This subsection does not apply to a deer killed, or so injured that it must be killed, by a collision with a motor vehicle on a highway. For purposes of this subsection, "deer" does not include farm-raised deer.
On any sales under this section of wild animals or carcasses, the department or the agent selling them shall issue to each purchaser a certificate, on forms prepared and furnished by the department, covering the sales. The wild animals or carcasses so purchased shall be consumed or otherwise disposed of by the purchaser within a period to be set by the department, but may not be resold or exchanged, in whole or in part, to any other person, except as provided in sub. (3)
Confiscated fish or game sold under this section to the owner or operator of a restaurant may be served to customers. The certificate covering the purchase shall be hung in public view in the place where the fish or game is served, and the fish or game shall at the time of sale be tagged by the department or the agent selling it. The tag shall show the date of sale and shall be returned to the department or agent within 5 days after the sale.
Distribution of fish and game to food distribution services. 29.936(1)(1)
Notwithstanding s. 29.934
, the department may distribute for free carcasses from fish and game seized or confiscated under s. 29.931
that are suitable for eating to food distribution services. The department may have the fish or game that is seized or confiscated processed before distributing that fish or game to food distribution services. The department may collect the costs of the processing of the fish or game from the person from whom the fish and game was seized or confiscated.