LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Major changes in walleye bag limits in Northern Wisconsin could cause controversy. We spoke to a local tribal leader to understand why the tribes want this change.
Chairman Maulson of the Lac du Flambeau tribe stressed resources and communication, much more than walleye.
"Our thought is to make sure that the resources aren't being harmed… the state DNR always claim the fact that they're doing the right thing by the proper protocol. And we're saying that that protocol, we're being left out," Tom Maulson, President of the Lac du Flambeau Tribe.
Other major concerns Maulson named are pollution from mining, motor trolling for fish, and wolf hunting. He says the tribes have not been included in these decisions by the state.
"Let's get together and find out what the issues are really all about," he says, "That's something that I guess we're not really taken seriously …"
This year 5 Chippewa tribes reduced their walleye bag limits to one per day on 197 lakes.
The Lac du Flambeau tribe lowered all but one of their 233 lakes to a 2 walleye per day limit.
This is a drastic change from recent years in the ceded territories, but Chairman Maulson seems to think it could change again.
"If they want more fish, then let's make sure that there's fish a plenty out there. Let's get together let's make it happen. Does it take a lot of money? Hell no it doesn't. It takes a lot of hard work by governing bodies, putting their people out there on the lakes and gathering eggs this spring.... We're going to get through this, I can tell you that," he said, "We're going to come to some type of solution that will bring the State to the table more, and we've got to talk about this."
WAUSAU - This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.
Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1HvNth3 ) that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.
A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
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