Conservation officers' weekly report
The purpose of the Minnesota DNR Division of Enforcement weekly report is to promote the effective law enforcement and education that protect Minnesota's natural resources. Information is gathered from the Division's 18 districts as well as various subsections and compiled. This reported is dated May 29.
District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked anglers and boat and water safety checks. Assistance was given on a theft case involving an Arctic fox pup. The suspects took the fox and left without paying. They were located and identified by Hubbard County.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time checking anglers on area lakes. They reported mixed success. Boating safety and regulation compliance checks were performed and trails were patrolled for ATV and off-road vehicle activity. Warren performed AIS compliance checks and followed up on open cases. Complaints of a nuisance bear and possible sick fox were received.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) worked angling and boating activity on area lakes. The crappie bite has improved as water temperatures continue to increase. Time was spent checking boaters for AIS compliance.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and boaters over Memorial Day weekend. He also assisted at a couple of ATV safety classes and looked for a suspect in a fox theft case.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports a busy Memorial Day weekend as higher than average temperatures brought out the boaters. Vinton investigated a possible APM violation and possible fill in a lake. It's that time a year when baby animals will be common. People should remember they are generally not orphaned and their mother is close by. Also, unprotected species like woodchucks that are causing damage may be taken to protect property. Compliance was generally good with enforcement action being taken for no fishing license, no license in possession, failure to display watercraft registration and unregistered watercraft.
District 4 - Walker area
CO Colleen Adam (Park Rapids Station) assisted with training functions at Camp Ripley for the new academy. She also worked on fishing, boating and OHV activities in the area with many locals and visitors enjoying the holiday weekend.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, OHVs and boaters. Some time was spent at Camp Ripley training at the academy. A complaint of a person shooting bears was investigated and a landowner was issued a citation after failing to report a nuisance bear that he shot. Other enforcement action for the week was taken on boating, angling and OHV violations.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) worked a very busy Memorial Day weekend in the Remer, Outing and Longville areas. Investigations were completed for AIS violations and ATV and PWC complaints. Assistance was provided to the county for a sinkhole that caused traffic issues on the highway. And after several calls of dead deer, cows and dogs floating in the lake, Best retrieved what were actually two partially decayed deer carcasses that were causing boating hazards on Roosevelt Lake.