District 1 – Baudette area

Conservation Officer Troy Fondie (Roseau) completed a license
investigation using the ELS system; the follow-up resulted in the
angler being cited for no fishing license. Another angler contact
revealed no license in possession, Officer Fondie had previously
contacted the angler within the past three weeks and issued a
warning for no license in possession. Subsequent check of DNR
violation records revealed two prior contacts with enforcement
officers for no license in possession. A ticket was issued to the
angler for no license in possession in addition to warnings for no
shelter license and no ID on shelter.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Greg Spaulding (Bagley) welcomes Conservation Officer Neil
Freborg to District 2 and to the Thief River Falls station.

CO Mike Hruza (Bemidji) investigated an aeration complaint and a
possible deer poaching incident.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) received a complaint of an injured
eagle. The eagle was observed hitting a tree and after “crash
landing” was able to fly away.

CO Neil Freborg (Thief River Falls) spoke to DNR Wildlife
regarding two moose that had to be destroyed by Wildlife
personnel.

District 3 – Grand Rapids area

CO Doug Sandstrom (Longville) received a call from a lady on a
car-injured deer and while following the lady to the location of
the deer Officer Sandstrom observed as the lady struck and killed
another deer.

COs in the Bigfork area investigated fish shelters that are
frozen in the slushy lakes. Complaints of injured/starving owls
were handled and officers assisted with capturing and tagging great
grey owls for research purposes.

District 4 – Eveleth area

Officer Mike Marincel (Hibbing) went on a snowmobile patrol with
Chisholm police officers on the Mesabi Trail on Saturday.

Officer Lloyd Steen (Ray) checked snowmobilers and fishermen in
the Kabetogama Lake vicinity.

District 5 – Cloquet area

Officer Scott Staples (Moose Lake) picked up an owl that was hit
by a car. The owl will be turned over to an area school for
educational purposes.

Officer Lee Alderson (Cloquet) handled a litter case where the
owner cleaned up the mess.

Officer Dale Ebel (West Duluth) reports sitting on a snowmobile
trail running radar when he noticed a rather large object coming at
him. It was an SUV! The driver stated that he was looking for a
lake to build his future house on. Not only was there no lake
around, but the driver was in a Wildlife Management Area. Both the
driver and the passenger were informed of the law and they were
escorted out of the area.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Bob Kangas (Schroeder) picked up several more
starved-to-death boreal owls that fell from their perches. Locals
are advocating a live mouse drop to stave off starvation.

CO Marty Stage (Babbitt) and his field training officer worked
Red Lake for crappie fishermen and Lake Winnibigoshish for perch
fishermen.

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