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Weekly DNR Enforcement report for northwest Minnesota: Wolf found shot near Badger, AIS and angling activity, ATV trail patrols etc.

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Here's a look at the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Monday, June 17:

District 1 -- Baudette Area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and the Roseau River. Enforcement action was taken for possession of illegal-length walleyes and possession of marijuana. A wolf was found shot near Badger. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the TIP line.

CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) investigated a possible Wetland Conservation Act violation, patrolled the station for angling, boating and ATV activity this past week, and gave a presentation to a youth ATV safety class. Boaters are reminded that anyone under the age of 10 is required to wear an approved PFD while on board any watercraft that is underway. Enforcement action taken this past week included boating violations and using game fish as bait.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports working AIS and angling activity on special regulation lakes throughout the week. Time was spent patrolling area trails for ATV activity. Violations encountered and addressed included possession of protected slot northern pike and angling license violations.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck North) reports that angling activity continues to draw anglers to Upper Red Lake. Prachar worked angling and ATV enforcement, as well as AIS enforcement. Time was spent assisting the sheriff’s office with an investigation.


CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette East) spent the week attending training out of state. Assistance was also given to a sheriff’s office using K9 Storm to search for a firearm related to an ongoing investigation.

Baudette West – vacant.

Warroad South – vacant.

Karlstad – vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) worked AIS enforcement on area water bodies. Time was also spent checking anglers. Various angling violations were encountered.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, handled a depredation complaint and continued flight training.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) spent time working a boat and water safety detail on Upper Red Lake. Numerous anglers and boaters were contacted. Several anglers were observed with limits of walleyes. Individuals were cited for possessing overlimits of walleyes as well as several boating violations. Vollbrecht attended a meeting at Camp Ripley to plan for the upcoming boat training at the CO Academy. A public waters/APM violation was investigated in which an individual used machinery to dig cattails out of a public water.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports receiving TIP reports of possible fishing violations, calls of people claiming to have found orphaned deer fawns, and bear sightings. People are reminded that fawns are not abandoned, as does only spend a few minutes at a time with them while they are very young. Vinton participated in the Perham Turtle Fest Parade and the City of Perham’s annual “Safety Zone.”


CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the week working AIS, fishing, and boating activity. Time was also spent investigating a report of a nuisance bear that was causing damage to bird feeders and fencing. Swedberg wants to remind people that a bear will generally leave if it cannot find food, so put the feeders and trash away if you see bear in the area. Additional time was spent assisting Becker County with searches involving some cold cases and current investigations.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted with a firearms safety class in Park Rapids and assisted local and federal agencies with an ongoing investigation. Peterson also followed up on a wetland-filling complaint and an ongoing trapping case.

CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time on boating regulations and safety compliance. Leeching activity was monitored. Patrol was conducted for off-road vehicle activity. Warren assisted White Earth tribal police and the Becker County Sheriff’s Office with calls of a possible drowning and an individual with a firearm in a residential area. The law and ethics portion of firearms safety was taught in Fosston. AIS inspections were performed.

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports fishing continues to be good in the area. Time was also spent at Camp Ripley prepping for Sport Fishing Week at the Academy.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked boating and AIS enforcement throughout the past week. Cooler weather over the weekend kept activity low. ATV enforcement continues to be monitored and a lot of orphaned animal calls were handled.

CO Andrew Goodman (Elbow Lake) found many anglers hitting their favorite panfish spots as the sunfish/bluegill bite has been heating up. Numerous wildlife-related calls were handled, including an incident of snapping turtles being shot along gravel roads in Otter Tail County. Anyone with information about the shooters is asked to call the TIP line. Enforcement action was taken for illegal fires and license and registration violations.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) patrolled lakes this past week for fishing and boating activity. A few citations were issued for no fishing license and late PWC operation. Nuisance-beaver permits were issued and firearms classes were organized.

CO Brian Holt (Osakis) worked anglers, recreational vehicles and boating safety during the week. Time was also spent on monitoring AIS compliance. Holt worked boat and water safety with the local sheriff’s office in the Osakis area. A TIP complaint was received and is ongoing. Enforcement activity related to AIS violations.


Morris – vacant.

Wheaton – vacant.

District 4 - Walker area

CO Jacqueline Hughes (Longville) reports continued checks of anglers, boating safety, and ATV riders. Hughes investigated a TIP call on Leech Lake and a goose taken out of season. She also spoke at a 4-H meeting.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily trained new officers at the Academy. A wolf-depredation complaint was investigated. Anglers, boaters, and ATV riders were also checked.

Lake George – vacant.

Park Rapids – vacant.

Walker – vacant.

Remer – vacant.

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