District 2 - Bemidji area: Mn DNR Conservation Officer Weekly Report

May 18, 2015 CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a FAS class in Crookston and giving a radio interview about AIS laws. Time was also spent checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. A dogs chasing deer complaint was worked. Nuisanc...


May 18, 2015

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a FAS class in Crookston and giving a radio interview about AIS laws. Time was also spent checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. A dogs chasing deer complaint was worked. Nuisance beaver permits were issued. An illegal fire was checked. Violations included no angling license, insufficient number of PFD’s and burning prohibited materials.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked anglers, fire and minnow trapping. Concerns of an unlawful culvert and a wetland being filled were received. Wild animals are making their way into town. Nuisance bear complaints have increased. Plans were also made for a spring firearms safety class and he attended a law enforcement memorial event.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted with two youth ATV classes and monitored ATV activity. CO Gray also checked anglers on area lakes.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity on area lakes. Anglers are enjoying a good walleye bite on most lakes. CO Vollbrecht patrolled ATV trails and checked boats for AIS compliance on area accesses. CO Vollbrecht responded to a complaint of an individual hiding walleye in a cooler and filling a minnow bag with lake water before leaving Upper Red Lake. The individual was talked to about proper ways to transport minnows and was found to be in compliance with their walleye possession.


CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked angling activity during the week. Numerous complaints were received regarding nuisance bears and injured eagles. Time was also spent working the Cass chain of lakes with Officer Vollbrecht.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports contacting boaters and covering basic boating safety regulations and AIS prevention. CO Vinton received a call from a local minnow trapper that has had his minnow traps tampered with and his complaint is under investigation.  Patrols of local AMAs and WMAs for vehicle trespass and OHMs were conducted along with a dumping of household items on an access.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted with a “Hooked on Fishing” event that involved taking over 60 4th grades fishing. The fish bite was good for northerns with most kids catching multiple fish. CO Peterson also worked with DNR Forestry on a timber trespass, checked anglers and worked commercial minnow and leech trapping enforcement.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen. Activity slowed with the wet weather. Time was also spent working shoreline issues and aquatic plant removal complaints.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity on area waters. Areas were patrolled for ATV and AIS activities. Calls of possible illegal angling and AIS activity were handled. CO Warren taught the law and ethics portion of a youth firearms safety in Frazee and also assisted with the 5th grade Conservation Days in Frazee. CO Warren also attended a COLA meeting in Detroit Lakes.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring AIS violations, angling, and ATV activity in the area. An ATV safety class was attended in Moorhead where the officer taught the law and ethics portion of the class. Assistance was also given to the Ulen firearms safety class. Angling pressure was low due to the in climate weather throughout the week, but several people were checked catching a few sunfish. The officer had several contacts with juvenile dirt bike riders throughout the course of the week and would like to remind everyone that the use of OHMs is limited to designated trails and private property only. Calls from the public included a moose sighting and requests for beaver permits. Enforcement action was taken for allowing the illegal use of an OHM by a juvenile, fail to display OHM registration, and no OHM safety training.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on AIS activity and law compliance. Time was spent closing out open WCA and PW cases. Several files of closed cases were cleared. A meeting was attended at Camp Ripley. Time was spent checking shore fishermen.

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