DNR adds 2 new wardens in county
Two new state conservation wardens, Alex Brooks and Richard Maki, have joined the team in Sauk County, ready to serve and partner with to protect the natural resources and the outdoor enthusiasts enjoying them on trails, in the water, in the woods and in state parks have been added in Sauk County.
Brooks, a former deputy DNR conservation warden based in Dane County, grew up as a real outdoors kid in Stoughton but was born in Missoula, Montana. He earned his bachelor degree in criminal justice from the Upper Iowa University and an associate degree in criminal justice and law enforcement from the Western Technical College. He also completed his 520-hour basic recruit academy at the Madison Area Technical College.
Maki, an avid outdoors sportsman with a background in law enforcement and geology moved to the Sauk County seat of Baraboo in 2016 and settled in right away. He is a native of Winona, Minnesota, and worked as a patrol officer in Lewiston, Minnesota, and as a boat patrol officer for Winona County, Minnesota – where he also provided search and rescue response.
Maki completed his degrees in law enforcement and geology at Winona State University.
The DNR Violation Hotline, a 24/7 service with trained dispatchers can take confidential information confidentially and get it to the wardens. Call or text any suspected environmental or wildlife violations to 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367.