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DNR conservation officers' report: Fire investigations, Illegal buck charge etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for April 12: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored Kittson, Roseau and Marshall counties for trapping activity, ...

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for April 12:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored Kittson, Roseau and Marshall counties for trapping activity, fires, and illegal deer stands. Several illegal stands were removed. Enforcement action was taken for burning large amounts of plastics, garbage, and tractor tires. Fishing and boating activity was monitored on the Rainy River with CO Gorecki.

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) assisted with a wildfire arson investigation and checked anglers on the Rainy River. A reminder that the Warroad River is closed to northern fishing as it is an inland water. Enforcement action for the week included burning violations.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) worked with DNR Enforcement Director Jim Konrad on the Rainy River. Angling pressure was high and success was good. Enforcement action was taken for misc. boat & water safety violations and illegal length walleye. CO Birchem continued to investigate complaints of over limits and illegal length walleye from the Rainy River. Assistance was provided to Wildlife on an otter complaint.

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CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of both the Firearms Safety Class in Oslo, and the ATV Safety Class in Grygla. He also spoke to the Natural Resources Law Enforcement class at the University of Minnesota Crookston on sport fishing enforcement techniques. CO Woinarowicz was summoned to investigate a wild fire east of Thief River Falls. The firefighters battling the flames had witnessed an individual remove an untagged trophy whitetail buck head and antlers from where they were hanging on a fence, and attempt to hide them in a nearby shed. During the course of the investigation CO Woinarowicz interviewed the individual and located the large deer rack. The individual admitted to losing control of the fire that resulted in the fire department being summoned, as well as admitting that he illegally took the large buck from the roadway and then took it home without tagging it because he had already shot and tagged a smaller buck in the 2009 deer season. The head was seized and charges are pending for both the fire and the illegal taking of the buck. Other enforcement action for the week included trapping and ATV violations.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked with the wildfire investigative team out of the area. Anglers were checked as well as minnow dealers. CO Backer worked the spring fish run and investigated complaints of trap thefts. Enforcement action for the week included fire violations.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored boating and fishing activity throughout the week. A boat & water safety detail was worked on the Rainy River with CO Huener. CO Gorecki continued working on complaints of public waters violations and illegal burning. Enforcement action for the week included angling and boating safety violations.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports an increase in angling activity and some panfish are being taken. A wildfire that burned 1,200 acres was investigated. The officer spoke to a U of M Crookston Law Enforcement Class about natural resource law enforcement techniques.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) released an otter caught in a beaver set. Fish run, angling, and beaver trapping activity was monitored. He attended Use of Force Instructor Training.

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CO Mike Hruza (Bemidji) spent most of the week investigating fires and fire complaints. Fish run activity was monitored. A leeching complaint, and OHM crash where the operator broke his leg was investigated.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) monitored fish run and angling activity. Local trails were patrolled for OHV activity, and beaver trappers were checked. The officer is assisting with wildfire arson investigations in the Northwestern MN.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) investigated several wildfires and burning complaints. Fish run and angling activity was monitored. ATV and OHM riders were checked. Violations detected: over limit of crappies, allow illegal youth operation of an ATV, no helmet on ATV/OHM, operate OHM in the road right of way, and no registration on boat and ATV.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports an increase in angler success. Crappies and sunfish are being caught. Two anglers were caught keeping walleyes out of season. Burning complaints have increased. Burning restrictions are in place, due to the dry conditions, and permits are needed. ATV operation restrictions in the ag zone (south of HWY 10) started April 1. The officer spoke to a Firearm Safety Class in Hawley about laws, safety, and ethics.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) monitored fish run and angling activity. ATV riding has increased. The officer worked with DNR Forestry and local fire departments investigating fires that got out of control or were started without a burn permit. One fire was started accidentally by young boys lighting fire crackers. The officer attended Use of Force Firearm Instructor Training.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) responded to several burning complaints. Some were unpermitted fires and some were arson. Fish run and angling activity was monitored, and two beaver trapping complaints were investigated. The Becker County Deputies were assisted with emergency calls.

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