Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – March 24th, 2017

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports focusing much of his time checking anglers on Lake of the Woods. Time also was spent working at the Warroad point of entry. An angler who had an active warrant for his arrest was taken into custody on Lake of the Woods.

CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and various smaller lakes around the Blackduck/Kelliher area. Assistance was given to local law enforcement with a break-in of an unoccupied RV trailer.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports responding to a call out to assist the Polk County Sheriff’s Office with an illegal-shining complaint. Charges are pending for transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and illegal shining.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) continued to monitor fish house removal on area lakes, investigated a complaint of unlawful removal of aquatic vegetation, and had a ride-along.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spoke to the Alexandria Area Realtors Association about shoreline property issues and concerns. An incidentally trapped otter was seized.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working light goose hunting and ATV enforcement. Miscellaneous wildlife-related calls were handled, including a report about a deer with a coffee can stuck on its head. Upon locating the deer, CO Chihak could see the coffee can was instead a paint can that obstructed the deer’s vision. The officer made numerous attempts to remove the paint can by snagging the handle with a boat hook. As luck would have it, on the final attempt with the boat hook, instead of the deer running off a short distance as it had done on previous attempts, the deer ran straight into the officer, who tackled the deer and held it down until he could remove the paint can. The deer was released unharmed.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports two vehicles went partially through the ice on Leech Lake, with one occupant sustaining a head injury. CO Mathy, as well as officers from multiple agencies in the area, responded to a complaint from a homeowner that a deer was stuck in her basement. The homeowner was feeding deer near a basement window and the deer, and the deer crashed through the window and ended up in the basement. The officers eventually were able to gain control of the deer with a variety of containment devices, after an attempt to coax and herd the deer outside was unsuccessful, and it was released to the nearby woods.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower), along with county deputies, worked area waterskips and spoke to individuals about the new enforcement regarding the ’skips.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) spent a lot of time working on forestry-related issues including birch trees being cut from state and private land and being sold as decorative material.  Ice fishing is still going, but houses have been removed.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) issued her earliest car-kill bear permit and followed up on reports of litter around a fish house and power augers in the BWCAW.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, investigated TIP complaints, assisted the State Patrol with a pursuit, assisted the county in locating a male suspect who fled from a residence, and provided a K9 demo at a Safari Club event.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) reports a complaint about dogs chasing deer was investigated, along with ice shelters being monitored and documented before the removal date.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) followed up on fish house removal and litter issues related to ice houses. CO Schmidt also followed up on a fire investigation and met with the county attorney regarding upcoming cases.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell), along with CO Scott Staples, attended a career fair at the Fond du Lac college, speaking with students about conservation officer careers and job duties.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and shore anglers along the North Shore. CO Olson also attended a youth class for the steelhead association in Duluth and fielded calls on ice shelter removal dates and procedures for the upcoming deadline.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) attended EMT training at Camp Ripley and patrolled area lakes for some late ice anglers.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked ATVers and dirt bike riders. CO Hunter also received information about an escaped deer and started an investigation.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) followed up on an fish house left out past deadline, checked some beaver trappers, and recovered a dead eagle.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated a prohibited burning violation where the property owner unknowingly dumped hot ashes from a wood stove onto the grass, starting a grass fire. Enforcement action was taken for the violation. She also investigated a call about a dog caught in a trap, which turned out to be a small-breed puppy caught in a rat trap. The puppy was not harmed.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) assisted the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department with two pursuits. A trespass complaint regarding a person found antler shed hunting on posted private property led COs Kuske and Bertram into a case of the person taking an overlimit of bucks last deer season.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) reports an illegally shot swan was investigated south of Albany. L

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) reports a TIP call was received regarding people shooting geese during the closed season. Chisago County sheriff’s deputies tracked down the violators, and enforcement action was taken.

CO Reller (Buffalo) spent most of the week instructing at the annual waterfowl school for the newest conservation officers.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week responding to complaints and training with his K9. CO Grewe also helped out with a security detail at central office.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) spent time walking several WMAs while looking for treestands and other items left behind from the previous hunting season.

CO Thephong LE (ELCOP) met with Iowa conservation officers and Lt. Lisa Kruse for enforcement action and closed a case of the illegal sale of small game and big game.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers in the area. He also responded to TIP calls about people shooting deer from a motor vehicle and wildlife carcasses being dumped.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) spoke at two firearms safety classes. He also checked some anglers on the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) reports several snow goose hunters were checked during the weekend. A burning violation was investigated, with enforcement action being taken.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) reports an area youth was hospitalized after falling off his snowmobile and being run over by another snowmobiler.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) conducted commercial inspections of taxidermists and minnow dealers in the area. A warrant for a person involved in a shining case in northern Minnesota was checked.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) patrolled wildlife management areas and waterfowl production areas to monitor for illegal activity. A hunter harassment case was completed this week.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) continued completing commercial inspections on businesses with DNR licenses. Angling activity was monitored, and trout anglers were checked near Preston.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking primarily fishing activity this week. Additional time was spent monitoring ATVing activity. A law and ethics presentation was given to a local firearms safety class, and CO Ihnen also attended a career fair for local high school students.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) responded to a TIP call about someone targeting walleyes out of season and assisted the local sheriff’s office with an arrest.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week at waterfowl enforcement training. Officers learned about enforcement techniques and federal and state regulations, and worked on waterfowl identification.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the majority of the week patrolling for sportfishing and ATVing enforcement. A CWD feeding ban complaint also was investigated.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working both open-water and ice fishermen. Several nuisance/injured animal-related complaints were handled.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) spent multiple hours navigating the Mississippi River, where he and other officers observed a wide array of waterfowl species during their spring migration.

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