DNR conservation officer reports: Coyote depredation, Nuisance bear complaints etc.

Here's the weekly report from DNR conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for June 15: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers at Hayes Lake, Lake Bronson, and Roseau River. ATV contacts were made during the week...

Here's the weekly report from DNR conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for June 15:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers at Hayes Lake, Lake Bronson, and Roseau River. ATV contacts were made during the week. CO Huener met with a county attorney on a deer season trespass case and responded to a cattle depredation complaint where coyotes killed at least three calves.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the Thief River Falls ATV Safety Class. He also responded to nuisance beaver and bear complaints, as well as car struck deer reports. Anglers and boaters were checked in area rivers and WMA's were patrolled for violations. Enforcement action for the week included angle with extra line, angle without valid license, no ATV registration, and allow illegal operation of ATV by juvenile.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked angling and boat and water activity on the Red Lake River. Local WMA's were checked for activity. An OHV coordination meeting was attended in Baudette. CO Warren assisted with the riding portion of an ATV Safety Class in Thief River Falls. Time was spent patrolling areas for OHV vehicle activity.


CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked angling and boating activity on Red Lake and area experimental regulation lakes. The walleye bite on area lakes has been good in the evening hours. A nuisance bear complaint was received of a large 350 lb bear that had knocked down a bird feeder made of a plywood platform mounted on a 4 x 4 post. The complainant shot the bear numerous times and wounded it. Several hours later the bear was finished off. Law allowed the shooting of the bear, but simply taking the bird feeder down would have been another option that may have solved the problem. Enforcement activity for the week included illegal length fish, angle with extra line, and numerous boat & safety violations.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) spent the week working boating and angling enforcement on Red Lake. Walleye fishing continues to be good, while some are starting to pick up a few crappies. Violations encountered during the week included angle with extra lines, illegal length walleye, boat registration, and PFD violations.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) fielded a number of nuisance animal calls. The officer attended Use of Force Firearm Instructor Training.

CO Mike Hruza (Bemidji) participated in a radio program about aquatic plant removal and invasive species. The officer assisted with a Take A Kid Fishing Day in Bemidji. Boating and angling activity was monitored.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) checked anglers and boaters. Time was also spent educating and reminding boaters about removing vegetation from their equipment before leaving the access to prevent the spread of invasive species. Parking issues on public accesses were also addressed. The officer spoke to the Marion Lake Association regarding special fishing regulations. An area bee keeper was assisted with a problem bear.


CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) received several calls about Flowering Rush and the removal event planned on Detroit Lake. The officer attended the Use of Force Firearm Instructor Training.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted Becker County Sheriff's deputies locate two missing boys. The boys pulled the small boat across the road to another lake without informing their parents. The boys were located using a DNR helicopter. A complaint of shots fired at a wolf was investigated. Wolves were seen in the complaint area but no injured or dead wolf was found. Invasive species training was attended.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers and boaters. Many recreational boaters were on the lakes over the weekend. Complaints of an abandon fawn, illegally taken geese, and a strange worm like creature. The worm was identified as a Horse Hair Worm with assistance by area fisheries staff.

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