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WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Car-struck bears, Dogs chasing deer, Turkey hunting etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for April 28:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) followed up on a case involving wasted deer that were harvested last November; charges are pending. Enforcement action was taken on an individual for burning tires and on another who was burning without a permit on a day with high winds. Pike anglers were checked on Lake of the Woods.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to calls of dogs chasing deer, nuisance beaver, and a car struck bear. A complaint of domestic animal carcasses dumped in a local WMA was investigated. Area turkey hunters were checked and sucker spearing activity was monitored.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) monitored areas for fire activity. Patrol was conducted for ATV and off-road vehicle activity on area trails and gravel pits. CO Warren attended an ATV/ORV meeting with other DNR divisions. The Red Lake and Thief rivers were monitored for activity.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored spring fish run activity, ATV trail activity, spring beaver trapping activity, AIS compliance of boating traffic going to and from the Rainy River and the spearing opener activity. FAS instructors were assisted at the Blackduck/Kelliher youth firearms safety field day. Time was spent investigating TIP calls of light goose and deer carcasses being dumped, investigating complaints of ATV trespassing and careless operation, investigating a report of a car killed bear and several accidental catch otters were seized. Enforcement action for the week included fish house left on lake after deadline, AIS violations, and ATV registration violations.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing activity throughout the week. Sturgeon anglers reported excellent success throughout the week with some anglers catching sturgeon over 70 inches. Other time was spent investigating wolf depredation complaints, fire complaints, and finishing fishing cases up from this winter season.

Baudette -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #1 - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers and ATV operators. Time was also spent speaking at a firearms safety class in the Crookston area. A suspected public waters violation site was checked, spring beaver trapping activity was monitored, and a possible wolf depredation complaint was investigated.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored angling, ice out, leech and beaver trappers. He had calls of a vehicle striking a moose and a dead deer on the ice. He assisted with a domestic call and took enforcement action on open burning of garbage that started several acres on fire ruining multiple Easter celebrations. Another fire call had a person burned trying to control it and despite medical efforts he died at the hospital.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked beaver trappers, ATVers and monitored spring fish run.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored closed forest roads and trails during the week. Accidental otter were collected from spring beaver trappers. Spring fish run was monitored. Suckers have not been observed in area creeks and the lakes continue to open slowly.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked trapping activity and monitored spring fish run. A wildfire investigation was completed. CO Holt patrolled for ATV activity in the Bemidji area with CO Vollbrecht. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations and failing to extinguish a permit fire.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports investigating a vehicle stuck on a state forest trail at the request of MNDNR Forestry, contacting anglers for the sucker spearing opener and monitoring the spring fish run. CO Vinton was requested by the Becker County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) to assist with a call about four kids in a paddle boat stranded on a lake still mostly ice covered. CO Vinton arrived and it was discovered that the young men were fishing and not in distress. Citations were issued for no PFDs on the paddle boat and a discussion of the risks they placed themselves in by boating on the frigid water. CO Vinton also provided the BCSO and Detroit Lakes Fire Dept. with information related to the operation of their airboat.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) monitored the fish spawning, conducted follow-up on pending cases and handled miscellaneous wildlife issues.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fisherman and turkey hunters. A few shore fishermen are looking for crappies but action is slow with cold water temps. Most ice is gone from area lakes with the wind and rain over the weekend. Turkey hunters are finding mixed success. A firearms class was attended in the Felton area and a range day was completed in Pelican Rapids.

Wetland Resources Enforcement Officer Joe Stattelman instructed at the ongoing academy at Camp Ripley for the introduction to the division’s Use of Force program. Time was spent monitoring fish run locations in Otter Tail and Becker counties. Several WCA and PW complaints were investigated and correspondence with Local Gov’t Units (LGUs) conducted.

Moorhead - vacant.

Detroit Lakes - vacant.

CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) spent time in aviation training in Grand Rapids/Brainerd. Suspected wetland violation flights were flown in Chisago and Washington counties. An ATV detail was also flown. Aircraft maintenance issues were addressed.

Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) started the statewide helicopter goose survey and finished all the plots south of a line from Brainerd.

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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