By: Joanne M. Haas/WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement
Well-known in the WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement's conservation warden ranks as a hockey aficionado, WDNR Conservation Warden Ken Thomson wasn't about to let super slick ice prevent him from doing his patrols with smooth time-efficiency.
He laced up the skates and recently did about 8 of his patrol miles on Lake Eau Claire in Eau Claire County.
Word is he didn't put anyone in the penalty box, steered clear of any cross-check calls and even managed to join a bit of a hockey game with about 20 Amish youths. No hat trick but Warden Ken is keeping the skates in his patrol pack.
"I had a blast and the fishermen thought it was great I was on skates." No doubt.
If you're out on the frozen lakes in Eau Claire County, don't be surprised if you see a fast-approaching WDNR conservation warden with a big grin on his face. That's just Warden Ken doing his Slap Shot routine. Whoosh!
If you have information regarding natural resource violations, you may confidentially report by calling or texting: VIOLATION HOTLINE: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff relay report information to conservation wardens.