DNR Enforcement report: Bear baiting begins, Wolf depredation complaints etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Aug. 15: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored ATV activity at Beltrami Island State Forest and ATV trespass ...

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Aug. 15:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored ATV activity at Beltrami Island State Forest and ATV trespass on wildlife management areas near Skime. Anglers were checked on the Roseau River and Hayes Lake. Many pike are being caught on the Roseau River and a few walleyes and catfish are being seen as well. Enforcement action for the week was taken for burning large amounts of old carpet and for angling without a license.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) conducted a night patrol on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River concentrating on boat and water safety. Enforcement action was taken for no lights after sunset, PFD violations and angling without license. Several wetlands complaints were followed up on. Birchem checked bear baits and answered numerous questions on the upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) investigated two possible gray wolf depredations, checked local anglers, and monitored the start of the bear baiting season. A boat and water safety detail was worked with Lt. Pat Znajda, taking enforcement action for registration violations, insufficient PFDs, overloaded watercraft, no watercraft operators permit and operate PWC at greater than no wake speed within 150 feet of another watercraft. Numerous boaters leaving the Lake of the Woods area were provided information about aquatic invasive species. Enforcement action was taken for transporting watercraft with the drain plug installed.


CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) conducted boat and water checks on area waterways. Anglers were also checked with anglers reporting few fish being caught. Area trails were patrolled for ATV activity. CO Warren also patrolled area state parks.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) investigated several wolf depredation complaints and checked an area on an unconfirmed cougar sighting. Experimental lakes were checked for angling activity and a boat and water safety project was worked. ATV trails were monitored and public accesses were checked for AIS compliance. CO Backer spent time staffing the TIP booth at the Beltrami County Fair. Enforcement action for the week included ATV, angling, and boating safety violations.

Blackduck #2 Vacant

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) spent the week monitoring bear baiting, ATV activity and angling activity. CO Gorecki participated in a Boundary Waters work detail. Anglers were checked and area lakes were patrolled. Enforcement action was taken during the week for fishing and boating violations.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports limited angling success on area lakes. Heavy rains continue to make river access difficult. Officer Bensen also handled several nuisance animal complaints and assisted a stranded motorist.


CO Chris Vinton (Perham) patrolled area lakes for boat and water safety and angling compliance. CO Vinton provided the USAF "Happy Hooligans" with a boating safety/boating law presentation to assist with their annual training. CO Vinton also met with new resort owners and answered several questions. Enforcement action was taken for unregistered OHM (off-highway motorcycle), kids without helmets on an ATV, no angling licenses in possession, no PFD on a personal watercraft and failure to display watercraft registration.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports another average week for anglers. Anglers report a slower walleye bite along with a good sunfish bite. CO Seefeldt conducted patrols for unlawful transportation of invasive species and transporting watercraft without removing boat plugs. He followed up on reports of tampering with legally set leech traps. CO Seefeldt also responded to a report of a dead eagle.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) spent the week monitoring fishing and boating activity. He investigated ATV complaints, resolved several wildlife issues and conducted equipment maintenance. Officer Stattelman also provided firearms instruction at a district shoot held in St. Cloud and attended an Aquatic Invasive Species summit in Detroit Lakes.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week monitoring boating, angling, and invasive species activity. He followed up on aquatic removal violations. Officer Forsberg also spoke at Woodie Camp in Fergus Falls regarding waterfowl hunting laws and ethics.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) monitored fishing, boating and ATV activity throughout the week. He, as well as several other area officers, manned the TIP trailer display at the Beltrami County Fair. Officers fielded a wide variety of questions; however, the majority was in reference to the upcoming hunting seasons.

Bemidji #1 - vacant.

Natural resources pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew Leech Lake surveys, ring neck duck telemetry and completed an annual inspection on 605NR.

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