Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – July 1, 2016

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) spent time working boating activity for Operation Dry Water during the weekend, handling nuisance-bear calls, and issuing wildlife possession permits.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) took enforcement action for numerous drain plug violations. Angling activity was worked, as was ATV enforcement.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked angling, along with boat and water safety enforcement this week. Fishing, though slow, remains steady across the lake.

CO Hannah Mishler (Warroad) gave assistance to Ontario conservation officers on the border waters at the Northwest Angle. ATV enforcement also was conducted.

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) received a call from an individual who had picked up a fawn. The individual thought the fawn was sick, because it was found on a road. The officer urges the public to leave wildlife alone and do not pick them up. They have a much better chance of survival with their mother than in captivity. The officer also assisted the county in an attempt to locate a suicidal individual.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working on a possible wolf depredation complaint. The TIP trailer was staffed at the Norman County Fair.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked boating, angling, ATVers, commercial leechers, and WMA violations. A wetland site inspection also was conducted with other agencies. Wildlife-related calls continue, and a wolf depredation case was completed.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and boaters. He also handled several nuisance-animal complaints, including skunks and bears.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) took several complaints about careless ATV operation near Bemidji. Several juvenile riders were stopped for riding conduct in the complaint area and educated on regulations. Several nuisance-bear complaints were taken.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) spent most of the week working in the BWCAW with CO Williams.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports contacting boaters and anglers, discussing AIS at public accesses, and assisting the local sheriff’s office with ATV questions.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) spent the week assisting at the CO Academy and working boat and water safety.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a vehicle also was seen parked in a waterfowl production area on several occasions. Suspecting someone may be training a dog illegally or it being possibly a marijuana grow operation, the WPA was checked. It was found that the party was only sunbathing. No violation found – only the naked truth!

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) received a complaint about an individual on a PWC harassing geese. An investigation is ongoing. A pontoon fire was reported to CO Warren, and contact with the owners was made to advise them about removal of the pontoon from the lake.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) shares that several nuisance bears were reported, and all reporting parties were advised to remove their bird feeders. Time also was spent answering questions and staffing the TIP trailer at the Norman County Fair.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports checking on complaints about angling activity and illegal docks.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) investigated low water levels on an area lake due to beaver activity and issued nuisance beaver permits for township authority.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) investigated several aquatic plant removal and shoreline alteration complaints. One complaint involved a lakeshore owner who installed and operated his weedroller before receiving his permit to do so. When the APM specialist came to inspect the weedroller, the owner had the weedroller going. The specialist told him that he couldn’t have it running before a permit was issued. His response was that if he got a ticket, then he gets a ticket. He was obliged.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports working activities on lakes and rivers. Multiple instances of combination angling licenses being purchased by couples not legally married were addressed. Please know the license requirements before purchasing them.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on checking fishermen and boaters.

COs Anderson and Baumbarger worked the vacant Wheaton station on Lake Traverse and the Mustinka River. A complaint about an individual selling walleyes was handled.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, ATV operators, and boaters, and enforcing AIS laws.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked boaters, fishermen, and ATVers. Officer Hunter received a call about an individual who put a dock too close to another person’s dock. CO Hunter also received a call about a nuisance bear.

CO Chelsey Best (Remer) dealt with nuisance-bear issues, as well as fish carcass-dumping complaints. CO Best also worked an overlimit case on a lake near Remer and helped with a boat safety class on Pokegama.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent time preparing cases for upcoming trial. CO Broughten also gave a presentation to a firearms safety class and assisted the State Patrol with a domestic situation.

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked AIS details, Operation Dry Water details, and special boat and water enforcement details.

Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) received calls about nuisance bears and injured loons. Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length walleyes and other violations of DNR laws.

CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) investigated a wetland violation in which a wetland was filled.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports two individuals were injured in Voyageurs National Park on Lake Kabetogama during a storm when a tree fell on their tent while they were sleeping.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports rain and wind reduced fishing activity.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) received several nuisance animal-related calls and questions about slot limit regulations. CO Velsvaag also assisted with a fishing complaint.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) assisted CO Bozovsky and CO Fredin with a case involving a deer that had been shot out of season, and from a vehicle. The officers executed a search warrant and located the venison. Items were seized, and charges were filed.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) spent a good portion of the week on a deer case. A deer taken out of season was investigated, and after a search warrant was served, the two individuals involved admitted to the crime. A doe was shot in the head from the window of a motor vehicle (and roadway) and picked up hours after the shooting. The fawn that was associated with the doe likely died as well. Several charges are pending, with at least three of them gross misdemeanors.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a call about a baby swan that found its way into an enclosed domestic goose/duck yard. The homeowner brought the cygnet back to the pond to reunite it with its family.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports he did an extended patrol of the BWCA in the Moose River area. Although strong winds and thunderstorms meant fewer people travelling and camping, angling success was good for those who were willing to brave the weather.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked fishermen and visited some resorts.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) spent the week at Camp Ripley helping with arrest and control tactics and firearms training for the current academy.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports working Operation Dry Water and making an arrest for boating while intoxicated. That individual also was in possession of an overlimit of walleyes.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) handled an eagle-related complaint, and dealt with a waters issue.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) assisted Lake County Search and Rescue when a child and adult fell into the Gooseberry River. Both were able to swim to shore but sustained bumps and bruises.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) assisted with a youth boat and water training class. The CO also met with the county attorney’s office on prosecutions.

CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) assisted with firearms training at the CO Academy.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) helped to put on a hands-on youth boating class.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) taught a boating class during the week.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) reports fishing activity throughout the surrounding area has been slow at best for most anglers.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) conducted patrols in the Fond du Lac State Forest. The severe weather on Saturday caused some significant blowdown and tree damage within the FdL forest and surrounding areas.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) responded to several animal-related complaints involving injured critters and nuisance beavers.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with a K9 search for an animal and parts from an aircraft that was lost in an area. K9 training continues with K9 Schody.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) received an off-road vehicle complaint in Lake County, and assistance given to local agencies in locating the offending vehicle operator.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) was interviewed by a reporter regarding a baby loon that was picked up from the wild. The individual who had picked the loon up was advised to immediately return it to the water. The loon was reunited with a parent.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) handled various animal-related calls.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) investigated a call about the possible illegal lake dredging and issued a permit for a road-killed bear.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) answered numerous TIP complaints and general angling questions.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) investigated an unusual issue involving a mine pit lake with a rising basin and a neighbor blocking other neighbors from accessing the lake. Local police and the sheriff were assisted with a drug arrest and storm-related issues, an illegal rope swing problem was addressed in the CCSRA, and an ongoing illegal ATV operation/damage to a public road problem was handled.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) patrolled fishing activity, including Mille Lacs, where anglers are reminded that northerns and smallmouths have protected slots.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) reports windy conditions during most the week. ATVers were in Redtop enjoying the trails. Nuisance-bear complaints were fielded.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) responded to an ATV accident in the General Andrews State Forest. An ATV operator was transported by ambulance after hitting a downed tree across a trail. Several nuisance-bear complaints were taken. A bear attack on livestock was investigated, and wolf depredation on a foal also was investigated. The foal is expected to survive, and the injuries were consistent with a wolf attack.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) took dozens of calls from worried homeowners who wanted to report black bears hanging around their homes and trying to get into bird feeders and garbage cans. The concerned homeowners found that by putting the garbage and feeders away for a week or two, the bears eventually quit visiting. A majority of the week was spent checking anglers and boaters. One angler, fishing in a remote river bank area, made the mistake of leaving his marijuana and pot pipes on top of the car for CO Grundmeier to find.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) reports time was spent on the St. Croix River, checking boaters and anglers. A majority of the people checked were canoeing or tubing down the river.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week assisting with CO Academy firearms and defensive tactics training. CO Silgjord also conducted water patrol for Operation Dry Water.

CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week focusing on fishing and boat safety enforcement. CO Krauel also attended a local kids fishing event at Lake George. CO Krauel also handled a complaint about dogs chasing deer.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) participated in an open mic segment with a local radio station. A bear-related complaint was investigated.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled calls about an escaped game farm elk, a nuisance turkey that took up residence on a woman’s deck, and garbage dumping that occurred right next to a “no dumping” sign on state land. Kuske also investigated calls about a young hungry bear that broke into a house and pulled oatmeal and hot chocolate mix from a cupboard, pulled down clothes in a bedroom closet, and visited the bathroom, leaving nose prints on a mirror. The same week, the bear attempted to break into another house, presumably looking for more porridge.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received a nuisance-wildlife complaint from a person who is experiencing six bears routinely visiting her residence. The bears have done damage and are not scared of warnings from the person. A nuisance-bear hunter will be utilized to reduce the threat. A group of three landowners caught up in a property line dispute had some corn stalks placed in a ditch mysteriously set on fire, which has now resulted in a criminal investigation.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and boaters on area lakes and rivers. He also followed up on a litter violation with charges pending.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers during the week. A report about a dog bitten by a timber wolf was investigated. ATV traffic remains high, along with boating on area lakes.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) assisted the sheriff’s department with the removal of a large tree that was floating in a local lake.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spent time on Lake Minnetonka checking anglers and enforcing boating laws. CO Weyandt took a call about a sick-looking deer in the Chanhassen area. The deer later was found floating dead in a park pond.

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking fishermen and monitoring boating activity. CO Grewe followed up with calls and participated in Operation Dry Water during the weekend.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) focused much of her attention on invasive species enforcement and boat and water activity around Prior Lake and the Minnesota River.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) tried to follow up with invasive species violation reports from Carver County lakes. He also answered questions regarding bowfishing regulations, as well as a call for service that involved a deer that appeared to be sick and was trapped inside a dog kennel.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) investigated the illegal possession of rabbits that had been removed from a nest.

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) reports working Operation Dry Water on area lakes. He also spent time handling nuisance-animal complaints and TIP calls.

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the weekend working Operation Dry Water with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office. Officers rescued an individual who was not wearing an PFD from an overturned kayak.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) focused time checking anglers and working boating enforcement for Operation Dry Water. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing license, extra lines, personal flotation devices violations, operating a motor vehicle within a wildlife management area, and illegal burning.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) concentrated patrol activity on boat and water safety during Operation Dry Water weekend.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and working boat safety. Boating activity has increased with warm weather. Firearm training was given at the CO Academy.

District 16 – New Ulm area 

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time on area lakes for boat safety enforcement and angling activity. Vernier also worked multiple aquatic plant-removal complaints.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time checking anglers during the week and finding some who did not have angling licenses or were using extra lines. Car-kill deer tags were issued to people who wanted the deer and some were reminded to call prior to taking the deer.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) assisted with academy training at Camp Ripley. She also investigated a possible violation in which fill was placed in a wetland. Mueller checked some ATV operators and explained the rules regarding juvenile operation. She also followed up on issues on local wildlife management areas.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave a presentation at a business safety day and assisted with a firearms safety range and field day event.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) focused activity on boating and AIS compliance. Enforcement action was taken for an AIS violation and angling license violations. An investigation was begun regarding a possible wetland violation.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St Peter) worked boating, angling, and AIS activity. Howe also assisted with a “Take a Kid Fishing” event, patrolled a road construction area for reported ORV violators, assisted local authorities with a boat that was swamped in high waves, and provided a tow to a disabled watercraft operator.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week patrolling primarily for fishing, boating, and ATVing activity. Ihnen also investigated a number of TIP calls and responded to complaints about littering and burning prohibited materials.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working sportfishing enforcement, AIS compliance, and boat and water safety.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports heavy river use. He assisted a stranded boater with a baby in a boat. The person had been trying to flag down people for over an hour but nobody heard or saw them. Hemker also took complaints about nuisance wood chucks, rabbits, ducks, deer, eagles, and rattlesnakes.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) patrolled for sportfishing, boat and water safety, and invasive species enforcement. Additional efforts were spent on ATV enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for possessing an overlimit of sunfish, angling with an extra line, and angling without a license. CO Seamans also assisted with an aquaculture investigation. A disabled personal watercraft was pulled from the restricted area around the Lake Zumbro dam.

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