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 June 4.
District 2 - Bemidji area
Al Peterson (Osage) assisted at the CO Academy, worked boat and water safety and fishing and commercial enforcement.
Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time on boating, angling and leeching activity. She also performed AIS compliance checks and patrolled area trails, forest roads and wildlife management trails for off-road vehicle activity.
Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) monitored angling activity on area lakes. The panfish bite has improved with the higher water temperatures. Vollbrecht spent time preparing materials for upcoming academy trainings at Camp Ripley. He also spent time patrolling for ATV activity.
Chris Vinton (Perham) reports working with DNR Wildlife staff to help provide relief for a local beekeeper who had a half-dozen yards, in various locations, destroyed by bears. The beekeeper said this has been the worst year in memory for bee/bear issues. Vinton patrolled area trails for OHMs and ATVs and area lakes for PWCs and anglers. Vinton contacted an angler who was fishing without a valid license and had an active arrest warrant from a nearby county. Vinton took the angler into custody and transported the person to the county's substation, where a deputy took the angler to the county jail. Enforcement action was also taken for no angling license, no licenses in possession, and watercraft and PFD violations.
Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and boaters. He also worked on evidence dispositions related to prior case work.
Tom Hutchins (Crookston) assisted with the CO Academy at Camp Ripley. He also contacted anglers and watercraft operators and worked a commercial minnow complaint
District 4 - Walker area
Colleen Adam (Park Rapids) handled numerous calls about nuisance animals, including the annual bears-getting-into-feeders and sows-with-cubs-stuck-up-a-tree. She reminds folks to refrain from feeding birds and deer and to dispose of trash and garbage regularly this time of year to prevent bears from being unnecessarily destroyed. Until their natural foods are available, bears will seek out whatever free lunches they can find. The most unique nuisance animal complaint involved nesting turkey vultures laying eggs in a deer stand. Finally, anglers should remember that northern pike limits have changed this year — pick up a 2018 fishing regulations handbook.
Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and worked AIS enforcement. Some time was spent teaching at the Academy. He investigated a nuisance wolf and AIS complaint.
Chelsey Best (Remer) worked fishing and ATV enforcement. She responded to an ATV crash with injuries and dealt with beaver problems. Enforcement action taken was for OHMs on non-designated trails.