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 18.
District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted Forestry with a timber trespass case involving unauthorized cutting and clearing of timber, worked AIS and boating/angling enforcement and attended training on computer software updates.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) assisted with alcohol week at the CO Academy. He also taught a boating safety course to the Red Lake Nation's fishery crew. The group of 10 all completed the training. Vollbrecht also prepared equipment for boating at Camp Ripley and attended computer training.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time on angling, boating and AIS activity. She also attended training in Detroit Lakes. Warren investigated a complaint of an individual keeping a fawn as a pet. She also attended an all-day firearms safety class in Fosston and patrolled trails for off-road vehicle activity. Beaver permit questions were answered. Follow up continued on a complaint of swimmers obstructing boats at a public access.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Detroit Lakes) reports focusing on boat and water safety and aquatic invasive species enforcement this past week. Time was spent locating a boat lift that had been removed from a zebra-mussel-infested lake and placed in a non-zebra mussel lake. Several phone calls were received including reports of a bear getting into bird feeders, harassment at a public access, someone using a skid steer in the lake on their shoreline, and an individual selling fox and bobcat kittens. Quittschreiber also assisted with an attempt to locate an individual who had run from the hospital with an IV. He located the individual, who was returned to the hospital for further medical treatment.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) followed up on a weed roller complaint, checked anglers and attended computer training.
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers and boaters during the week. He also attended a computer training session in Detroit Lakes and picked up a car-kill moose. Hutchins received a variety of wildlife-related complaints.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports taking calls related to injured and orphaned animals. Many of the calls were referred to the Fish and Wildlife Division. People should be reminded that baby animals, especially deer, are rarely abandoned. Vinton participated in an annual local festival's parade and Safety Zone Day. The safety zone was a place to showcase emergency responders from the local ambulance crews and fire departments to the State Patrol, sheriff's office and Minnesota Department of Transportation. Vinton handed out safety information for boat and water, ice safety and wildfire prevention. Vinton also issued a cease and desist order for ongoing work with a bobcat in an area lake.
District 4 - Walker area
CO Colleen Adam (Park Rapids) handled numerous calls about wildlife, including a lone wolf cruising through a local resort, beavers wreaking havoc on trees near a pontoon, sick-looking deer, road kill permits and someone seeking assistance with capturing a bat that scratched and bit them to avoid rabies shots. Adam assisted Cass County with a drowning and Itasca State Park with a bicyclist who broke a hip. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license and public waters violations.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) worked an overlimit tip on Leech Lake, a detail at a state park, and handled an APM complaint. Enforcement action was taken for driving after revocation, no helmets on kids on ATVs, over capacity on an ATV and expired registration.