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WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Aquatic invasive species compliance, Bear complaints, Abandoned fawns etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for June 9:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement contacts were made over the weekend regarding Class 2 ATVs being operated with kids with no helmets. Multiple drivers were contacted for failing to pull the drain plug from the boat they were transporting. Other enforcement action for the week included possession of over limit of walleye, possess illegal length walleye and angling without a license.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to two cases where young fawns were taken by individuals who thought the fawns were abandoned. The public is reminded that it is unlawful to take or possess wild deer and all wild baby animals should be left in the wild. A possible gray wolf depredation was investigated and watercraft safety and PFD use and fitting were taught for the Thief River Falls Youth Safety Camp. Enforcement action included taking fish without license and use illegal net to take fish.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored angling activity on Upper Red Lake, special regulation lakes and AIS compliance throughout the week. Time was spent investigating wolf depredation complaints, handling nuisance beaver complaints and patrolling ATV, OHM and ORV trail areas. Assistance was given to a neighboring CO with a gross-over limit investigation and the district AIS detail. CO Regas attended the Northern Beltrami County Sportsman’s Club Trap Shooting league season opener and presented awards to volunteer Firearms Safety Instructors in recognition for 30 years of service to the communities of Blackduck and Kelliher. Enforcement action for the week included illegal length walleyes, boating and AIS violations.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and ATV activity throughout the week. Anglers continue to report good fishing on Lake of the Woods and Upper Red Lake. Time was spent checking boaters and anglers at the Northwest Angle with CO Huener. An Aquatic Invasive Species detail was worked and good compliance was found overall. Enforcement action was taken during the week included fishing violations.

Baudette #1 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.

Warroad #1 - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers and boaters. A problem bear call was received. Boaters were reminded about various invasive species related laws. Violations included no angling license, angling with extra lines, no watercraft registration, and fail to remove watercraft drain plug.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked angling, ATVs, and public access issues. He also planned FAS and ATV classes. Wolf depredations were confirmed and multiple bear complaints were received ranging from beehive and property damage to trying to get into a home. A continued dispute over beaver dams, water levels and trespass is an ongoing issue.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, boaters and bait harvesters.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating activity in the area. An AIS detail was worked in the Baudette area. CO Vollbrecht assisted the Bemidji Police Department with a call of a nuisance animal. Area forest roads and trails were monitored for ATV and OHM time.  

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked ATVs, anglers, and boaters. Time was also spent working an AIS check station. CO Holt assisted a neighboring officer with group of anglers in possession of a significant over limit of walleyes. Enforcement activity for the week included AIS and angling violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports patrolling for watercraft safety violations and conducting AIS checks. CO Vinton met with county and DNR watercraft inspectors and received a report of good compliance. CO Vinton had contact with a juvenile on an OHM (off highway motorcycle) riding in the ditch of a county highway on his way home from work. CO Vinton transported the juvenile and his bike home to have a discussion with his parents regarding OHM operation.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted at the CO Academy, worked ATV enforcement, wildlife complaints and fire enforcement.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports angling success picking up over the past week. CO Forsberg investigated complaints of stolen traps, wanton waste of fish and burning without a permit. CO Forsberg conducted AIS checks at public accesses. CO Forsberg reminds ATV owners to review laws on juvenile operation. Enforcement action was taken for no throwable PFD, failure to remove drain plug, illegal length fish, expired boat registration, and no angling license.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) began her first week of patrol in the Detroit Lakes station. CO Warren met with members of wildlife, fisheries and SWCD departments as well as meeting local AIS inspectors. Angling activity, boating safety checks and AIS inspections were conducted. CO Warren responded to complaints of wetland drainage/ stream alteration, aquatic vegetation removal, and unlawful solid waste disposal. A permit for a car-hit deer was issued.

Moorhead - vacant.

CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) spent the majority of the week attending training at the CO Academy. A day was spent in Brainerd with Jason Jensen addressing aircraft maintenance issues and inspecting pilot safety equipment.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew multiple Leech Lake surveys during the week. 

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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