Minnesota #DNR Conservation Officer Reports-Aug. 23, 2022 | The mighty 790 KFGO

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District 1 – Baudette district

Last update: 2022-08-15

Cmdr Corey Sura (Baudette East) patrolled Lake of the Woods and worked on ATV activities in the area. Training was also completed with local law enforcement. Enforcement action has been taken for possession of an excessive limit of black gold/black and insufficient life jackets on board a watercraft.

Commander Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) attended a specialist training conference, checked on area anglers and monitored ATV activity during the Moose Festival in Karlstad. Parents are reminded that a DOT-approved helmet is required for all passengers under 18 on any ATV when not on their own private property. Enforcement actions included missing a helmet on a juvenile ATV passenger, allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a minor, angling without a license, and ATV registration violations.

Commander Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) has been monitoring angling and ATV activity this week and patrolling the station for bear baiting activity. A multi-agency medical training event was also held at the Warroad Port of Entry. Angling and ATV offenses were addressed.

Captain Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports working on angling, boating and AIS enforcement throughout the past week. Regas noted that angling success was slow and walleye caught were too small to keep. Time was spent patrolling the ATV trails and complaint areas and staffing the TIP trailer at the Beltrami County Fair, with many contacts made and questions answered. Violations encountered and addressed in the past week included underage drivers and passengers not wearing helmets, failure to renew AVT registration and failure to stop before crossing the roadway.

AC Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck North) reports ATV and bear baiting activity.

Warroad #1 vacant.

Warroad #2 vacant.

Baudette #1 vacant.

District 2 – Bemidji district

Last update: 2022-08-15

OC Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports on the follow-up to various wetland and public water cases this week. Time was also spent vetting anglers and personal watercraft operators. The application of the litter has also been worked on. The start of bear baiting season was monitored.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) worked on the TIP booth at the Beltrami County Fair. Time was spent at Camp Ripley for the Conservation Officer Academy.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports traveling to Illinois and Iowa as part of a CO Prep hiring background investigation. A lake owner called to report he had shot a bobcat that had attacked his pup. The owner reported that he let the pup out and heard his cries shortly after. The owner hit the bobcat with a gardening tool and the cat let go but refused to leave, continuing to act unusually aggressively. Photos from a trail camera showing a possible intruder were also passed to Vinton.

Cmdr Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) participated in training at the Cmdr’s Academy.

Cmdr Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week working on sport fishing and ATV enforcement. Time was also spent teaching at the CO Academy.

CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time patrolling ATV and off-road vehicle activity on area trails. Leech areas were monitored for activity and small issues. The boating and angling activity has been worked on. Warren answered questions about ATV regulations, aquatic vegetation, sand covers, bear activity and injured animals.

Commander Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week monitoring anglers and monitoring ATV activity at the Pelican Rapids resort. The mid-summer lull seems to have hit, but anglers targeting sunfish are still finding enough fish to make a meal. Calls from the public included dogs chasing deer and a bobcat biting a pup. The dog’s owner was able to put down the bobcat, which was obviously sick and malnourished. It’s unclear what caused the unusual behavior. An accompaniment opportunity was offered to a local student and assistance was provided to Maplewood State Park staff in several instances. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, driving while revoked, failure to p

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

Last update: 2022-08-15

CA Ryan Brown (Elbow Lake) has focused his enforcement efforts on angling, boating and ATV operation. Several recreational boating violations have been identified and enforcement actions have been taken. He also presented at an ATV safety course at the Grant County Youth Trail.

Captain Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked the boat and watercraft on the Alexandria chain of lakes and surrounding lakes. Fishing and boating activity remain high, with a few citations issued for violations surrounding both. Time was also spent teaching watercraft application techniques to cadets at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley.

CO Hanna Wood (Wheaton) continued to work on her background investigation this week. She helped Cmdr Dan Baumbarger complete an ATV safety course, completed peer support training, and participated in roadside pheasant counts.

Commander Andrew Goodman (Fergus Falls) reports participating in Gun Safety and ATV Safety Days over the weekend. Students were tested on their knowledge gained through classroom instruction and online courses before putting their skills into practice. Crappie fishing and off-road vehicles remain the main focus of the app. Complaints from minors illegally driving ATVs and OHMs have been recorded. Enforcement measures have been taken when fish limits are exceeded. Bear sightings increased as food sources matured. Goodman asks people to take steps to secure their trash and wildlife feeders to prevent local bears from becoming a nuisance.

Commander Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports that enforcement efforts for the week focused on controlling anglers and boaters. Additional time was spent training and teaching an ATV safety course at Glenwood. Calls have been received regarding upcoming hunting seasons and permitted uses of property owned by The Nature Conservancy.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) screened anglers, boaters and ATV riders. Questions about deer feeding, salt block placement, and trespassing were received and answered. A fisheries complaint was followed up.

District 4 – Walker sector

Last update: 2022-08-15

AC Jacque Hughes (Longville) spoke at a gun safety class and a lakes association meeting, and attended the MDHA banquet with the TIP wall.

AC Michael Cross (Lake George) has worked in angling, boating, off-road vehicle traffic and AIS. He continued to work on a background investigation. Enforcement action has been taken for violations related to boating, angling and off-road vehicles.

Commander Adam Seifermann (Staples) reports checking bear baiting activities and activities on public lands. Berry and nut harvests have improved significantly from last year and may make bear baiting more difficult than in previous years. He also reports helping out at the Camp Ripley Academy and is in the process of conducting a background investigation. He lectured on CO law and safety during a firearms safety course. He would like to remind outdoor enthusiasts that ATVs are not permitted in WMAs and personal property cannot be stored at state boat access.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers, boaters and AIS. Bear baiting has started and a few hunters were seen placing bait. A person called to report a cougar sighting. Enforcement action has been taken for ATV, boating and angling violations.

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