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Sturgeon guard volunteers

Fishing Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is always dedicated to the protection of our state's natural resources. For more than 30 years, the Sturgeon Guard program – a partnership between the DNR and concerned volunteers - monitored sturgeon at their spawning sites on the Wolf River to protect the fish from poaching at a time when they were most vulnerable. The program also helped educate the public about the sturgeon resource.

Over the years, the community has embraced the program so much that the number of sturgeon poaching cases has become rare. The congregation of the public in spawning areas provides plenty of witnesses to deter poaching activity. Unfortunately, there has also been a significant decrease in sturgeon guard volunteers over the years so program administration has become difficult.

Consequently, with fewer poaching cases and volunteers, the DNR has made the difficult decision to discontinue the Sturgeon Guard program for the foreseeable future. Any suspect or illegal activity should be relayed to the DNR Tipline 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367)

We will continue to place an emphasis on sturgeon protection and will continue incorporating sturgeon enforcement as a priority.