Wonder no more. lol DNR Issues Baiting Citation to City of Oshkosh
[/align] By Jason Zimmerman
A recent attempt to cull the urban deer herd in Oshkosh could cost the city more than expected. The city admits it made a mistake, but a DNR citation could cost taxpayers.
"We'll ask our insurance company what they think, but I suspect we'll say we didn't follow what the regulations say, that perhaps we didn't understand too well, and we will move on," City Manager Mark Rohloff said.
The Department of Natural Resources says the city used three times the amount of bait it was authorized during a recent deer culling effort.
The culls were conducted twice, starting last January, near the Vulcan Quarry neighborhood. Sharpshooters killed a total of six deer.
In a notice given to the City of Oshkosh, the DNR highlights its allegations that a two-gallon restriction on baiting was violated at two locations during a recent deer cull.
"From what I was told, they baited roughly two times per week, from late to mid-January up until March, and roughly 100 pounds per site for two sites, so that's roughly 14 gallons per site, and two gallons is the limit," DNR warden supervisor George Protogere said.
The DNR says it took action after receiving a number of complaints.
At least one doe died from over-baiting, but the DNR says it can't be sure the city is responsible.
One council member said Thursday night the entire culling effort should be re-evaluated.
"I think it says that our city council needs to do a better job of listening to citizens out there, and taking these kinds of allegations seriously. In this case the citizens turned out to be right, the feeding was not done property, and that's unfortunate," council member Tony Palmeri said.
The DNR dropped off the notice of claim at the city clerk's office Thursday morning.
The city manager said he doesn't expect to fight a citation, which carries a minimum penalty of $530.
It's being called a simple misunderstanding.
"We look upon it as a learning lesson, and we will move on from that and make sure if the situation happens again we will be careful, following whatever procedures the DNR lays out for us," Rohloff said.
It's a shame that the tax payers have to pick up the tab for the stupidity of the city council. I think who ever gave the order to put the bait out and those who actually put the bait out should pay the fines and accept the responsibility for there actions instead of passing the bill to the people of Oshkosh. 2 Gallon bait limit isn't something new, it's been the law for a long time and every hunter knows this, how could they possibly think they were above the law?
I also question the folks who were hired to cull the deer. This is there business and if your business is removing unwanted deer, they should know the laws that pertain to baiting and killing deer. If they didn't put the bait out, they should of at least saw the bait and questioned it. They should have 1) Told them how much bait was legal to use, and 2) once they saw too much bait out, they should have stopped, cleaned up the bait and refused to shoot deer until it could be done legally.
And what about the DNR? The city had to have some sort of communication with the DNR, why didn't they lay the ground rules out right from the beginning? This wasn't during deer hunting season, or apart of any deer season, the city had to talk with the DNR to get permission for the deer cull, I would think a warden would have been present for the cull hunts. It's not like they didn't know when and where, EVERYONE knew when and where as apparent by all the protesters. Duh. The DNR couldn't drive across town for a few hours to do there jobs? These tickets should have been handed out on the spot, not months later and maybe if the DNR did it's job, the deer wouldn't have died from grain overload. I think the DNR should issue themselves a ticket or two for
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