Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota and adjacent areas of northern Minnesota for Monday, July 27:
District 1 - Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) assisted with the DNR Enforcement Academy at Camp Ripley, where he taught boating to the new cadets. Work was done on Lake of the Woods checking anglers and boaters. Citations included possessing illegal-length walleyes, insufficient life jackets on a watercraft and operating an unregistered personal watercraft.
CO Marc Johnson (Warroad South) worked angling activity on Lake of the Woods and ATV enforcement throughout the station. In addition, time was spent patrolling state parks, forests and public accesses. Hot days and warm water have left many anglers with mixed results while out on the water.
CO Aaron Larson (Baudette West) worked primarily angling, ATV and aquatic invasive species enforcement. Larson patrolled trails around his station by ATV. He also spent time enforcing park rules at Zippel Bay State Park.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) patrolled for ATV activity, finding violations for no helmet on a juvenile passenger, no lights when required and registration violations. He also responded to a call of a deer fawn that had fallen into an outdoor sump hole and was trapped. With assistance from the local farmer, Woinarowicz was able to loop a rope around the fawn and pull it up, freeing it from its location 8 feet underground. The fawn was checked and released back to the wild, running off unhurt.
CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) spent time checking boaters and anglers in the area. He also assisted other local law enforcement agencies with a traffic accident and theft case this past week. Elwell worked on a wolf-depredation case, handled nuisance-bear complaints and was interviewed about the upcoming bear season. Enforcement action was taken for angling and burning permit violations.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports working boating and angling activity throughout this past week as the bluegill bite remains good on area lakes. Time was spent patrolling area ATV/OHV/OHM trails and handling several nuisance-bear complaints. Regas reports the area berry patches are producing good quantities of blueberries and raspberries. Many berry and mushroom hunters have been encountered in area forests. Overall compliance has been excellent, and a violation encountered and addressed was for possession of protected slot northern pike on a special regulation lake.
Baudette East – vacant.
Karlstad – vacant.
District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted at the CO Academy and took nuisance-animal calls.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) spent time at Camp Ripley teaching conservation officer candidates boating operation skills and techniques throughout the past week.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting with training at the DNR Enforcement Academy. Training included trailer backing and vehicle operations. A TIP of a goose taken out of season was investigated. Vinton worked with a local beekeeper having issues with bears and followed up on a possible hydro jet violation. Enforcement action was taken for illegal parking at a public water access, taking a goose out of season, aquatic plant management violations and riding on the gunwale.
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the week patrolling area lakes for sport fishing and boat and water safety. Other time was spent on area ATV trails checking the trails after storms knocked trees down. Not many ATVs were seen but registration issues and juveniles not wearing helmets were among the violations. Muskie anglers have returned to area lakes now that lake temperatures are below 80 degrees again and some are having luck.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked wildlife complaints, trespassing and retrieved abandoned property from Itasca State Park.
CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the past week working sport fishing, ATV and boating safety and enforcement. Time was also spent responding to a variety of miscellaneous wildlife-related calls.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) worked angling and boating activity on area lakes. AIS compliance inspections were performed. ATV and off-road vehicle activity was worked on area trails, roads and forests. Information on nuisance bear deterrents was provided.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the past week monitoring angling, ATV, and state park activity. Calls from the public included a report of potential hunting out of season, a litter complaint, and reports of misconduct within the state park. State park users are reminded that it is still required that they obey all traffic signals and speed limits. Enforcement action was taken for speeding and traffic violations within the state park.
District 3 - Fergus Falls area
CO Emily Leeb (Morris) reports working fishing, boating, and ATV activity throughout the past week. Enforcement action included various ATV violations and fishing with an extra line.
CO Hanna Wood (Wheaton) focused this past week’s enforcement efforts on recreational vehicle and angling enforcement. She took calls regarding rip rap and ATVs operating on the roadway. Wood assisted Traverse County and Pope County and worked a boating safety detail with other officers on Lake Minnewaska over the weekend. Enforcement action included several ATV operation violations, driving after cancellation, use of illegal tackle, failure to tend and failure to tag a snare, several personal watercraft operation violations, no angling license in possession, failure to display boat registration, and boating safety violations.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the past week were concentrated on checking anglers and boaters and monitoring AIS law compliance. Additional time was spent investigating littering complaints and taking calls about a bear sighting. Multiple officers from around the area participated in a work crew on Lake Minnewaska over the weekend.
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports focusing efforts towards boating safety during the past week. Richards worked with Fergus Falls Community Education to reschedule an ATV Safety class. Weather continues to change fishing plans on a day-to-day basis with success being inconsistent.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) focused on angling, boating safety and AIS compliance throughout the previous week. Time was also spent working a TIP complaint concerning a fish overlimit with a neighboring officer. Complaints were received regarding a nuisance bear. Holt worked a detail with other officers on Lake Minnewaska during the annual Waterama event. Enforcement activity related mostly to angling and boating safety violations.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked anglers, boaters and ATV riders. Aquatic plant management compliance checks were performed on lakes in Douglas County. Several calls/questions/complaints were received regarding the upcoming deer seasons, including the early antlerless season in October.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent time this past week at the Academy instructing watercraft enforcement techniques to the cadets. Station work also included injured-animal-related calls, illegal PWC operation and nuisance-skunk issues.
District 4 - Walker area
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports the area remains busy with recreational vehicle use and angling activity. Two nuisance-bear reports were received from separate resorts. An investigation into aquatic plant destruction was completed with a citation being issued. Enforcement action was taken for AIS, ATV, and angling violations.
CO Calie Kunst (Remer) spent time working ATV and sport fishing enforcement. With the rainy weather, the trail conditions were great for riders with less dust due to the wet conditions throughout the week. Sport fishing violations included angling with an extra line, taking fish without a license and failing to have an angling license in personal possession. ATV violations included allowing illegal operation by a juvenile, operating a Class 1 ATV on a county road and operating an ATV with too many passengers.
CO Randy Posner (Staples) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The sunfish, crappie and bass have been the most productive for anglers on area lakes. He worked on boating enforcement issues this past week as well. Violations observed were no fishing license and expired registration. Complaints of bears damaging bird feeders, getting into garbage and in corn fields were reported. He spent time working on cattail-cutting and bog-removal violations.
CO Jacque Hughes (Longville) checked multiple anglers, boaters, and ATV riders. She received multiple calls regarding wildlife such as eagles, loons, and nuisance beavers.
Lake George – vacant.
Walker – vacant.