Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – August 19th, 2016

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports time was spent handling reports of nuisance bears and crows causing crop damage, as well as investigating a report of a possible wetland violation. An investigation of an individual dumping hog carcasses in area road ditches was completed, with enforcement action take for littering.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports a busy week near Lake of the Woods. CO Prachar worked ATV and OHM activity in and near the Beltrami Island State Forest. Multiple types of enforcement action were taken regarding these activities.

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) completed the boating course training on Lake Superior. The beginning of bear baiting has been monitored. Charges are pending against a group of young adults who killed or injured multiple migratory birds.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) assisted other agencies by helping with first aid and security for a deputy and his home/family after he was injured after an individual shot a rifle round through a U.S. Customs helicopter.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling on area lakes. Time also was spent checking watercraft for AIS compliance at area accesses.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) investigated a TIP of someone possibly altering the bottom of a lake, contacted anglers and boaters, and discussed AIS issues. CO Vinton also attended required annual in-service training at Camp Ripley.

CO William Landmark (Moorhead) reports that calls from the public included a report about a dead hawk, dog training with pen-raised birds, and a complaint about juvenile PWC operation.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) patrolled areas for ATV and off-road vehicle activity and compliance. A call about a possible injured duck was received. Follow-up continued regarding complaints about possible illegal aquatic vegetation removal.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports spending the week checking fishermen and working shoreline and aquatic plant issues. Some weed roller inspections also were completed. Time was spent following up on complaints about cattle in a lake, illegal pumping of water from a lake, and an issue with an outlet of a lake being blocked. One nonresident lakeshore owner decided he did not like the way his shoreline was, so he moved his weed roller to an unpermitted area, sprayed cattails along the shoreline, and used a hydro-sweep to illegally blow away some of the sediment in front of his property, creating a hole in the lake bottom about 20 feet by 30 feet.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spent time answering questions and talking with folks at the Minnesota Trappers Association convention in Fergus Falls.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports a complaint was worked regarding an aquaculture farmer’s activities.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sportfishing and AIS enforcement. A law and ethics presentation was given to a firearms safety class in Breckenridge. Wildlife roadside surveys were completed. Chihak attended a Minnesota/South Dakotas border waters meeting in Ortonville, and gave an interview for a local newspaper.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen and ATV operators. Baumbarger also attended annual training at Camp Ripley, handled calls about wetland violations, and answered questions about fall turkey hunting.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, ATVers, and bear-baiting activity. Calls about a crayfish die-off, people posting public land with “no trespassing” signs, water pollution, and fish overlimits were received and investigated.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) fielded calls regarding trespass, injured animals, and nuisance animals. CO Broughten also gave a presentation to a local firearms safety class.

CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) finished the tactical watercraft operation course that was hosted by the Wisconsin DNR. CO Sullivan then spent time on area waters, checking angling and recreational boating activity.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) attended boat training on Lake Superior for half the week. The rest of the week was spent checking fishermen and boaters on Rainy Lake as well as at the landings. Multiple people were found coming off the water with fish already filleted. Citations were issued for transporting fish that could not be measured on a lake with special length regulations.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) continued training a conservation officer candidate and they worked anglers, boaters, invasive species enforcement, and state park enforcement. The officers also worked a littering case, early bear bait enforcement, dealt with a bear and cubs in a residential neighborhood in Hibbing, and worked the DNR booth at the North St. Louis County Fair.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports fishing pressure was much higher during the week on most of the popular angling lakes around Ely. Violations included possessing a northern that couldn’t be measured while on a special-regulation lake, transporting fish with no skin patch, and for not having a life-saving device on board a watercraft.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) attended a boating course, and also worked angling and ATV activities. Bear- and beaver-related complaints continue to come in and were investigated.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and big-game enforcement activities. Murray also responded to a car vs. moose accident, where a collared moose was struck and killed.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked ATVing, sportfishing, AIS, and miscellaneous nuisance-animal problems. He also assisted with firearms and defensive tactics training.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked anglers and the start of bear-baiting season. Enforcement action was taken for taking mergansers out of season, angling without a license in possession, transporting a watercraft with a plug in it, and for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) focused on bear baiting, angling, boating, ATVing, and AIS activities in and around the Hill City area. Bear hunters were out in full force, preparing for the upcoming bear season.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports attending training, and monitoring boating and angling activities. Beaver problems continue, and area forest roads and public access sites were monitored.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) attended training this past week at Camp Ripley. The CO also followed up on several old complaints and continues with protected waters violation complaints.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) spent time with annual in-service training. Assistance was given to the local police on trespass cases as well as domestic disturbance calls.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked the Bayfront Blues Festival in the Duluth harbor with the U.S. Coast Guard.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) and COC Maass investigated a trapping complaint in the city of Duluth. Time also was spent on Lake Superior, assisting French River fisheries crews. An ATV safety class presentation was given in the city of Floodwood with CO Schmidt. An OHM operator was stopped for riding illegally on Hwy. 2 near the city of Esko.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked boating and ATV enforcement. CO Guida also received a complaint from a neighboring station about an adult transporting four kids on an ATV without helmets. The suspect was contacted, and enforcement action was taken. Officer Guida also worked with the DNR’s Aviation Section on a public waters violation. The landowner stated that numerous ATVers were trespassing and operating in the lake bed and along his shoreline illegally. The owner had no idea who did it and didn’t think to report it due to no known suspects, so he took a large amount of vegetation out of the shoreline and covered up the damage with a beach sand blanket.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) reports a wolf depredation complaint was investigated.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked with a Cass County deputy, checking boaters on Gull Lake. They worked on complaints regarding PWC wake violations and careless operation.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) monitored bear-baiting activity during the weekend, and ATVing activity was monitored throughout the Malmo station. Calls regarding ATVers in the Rice Lake refuge and a vehicle blocking the Soo Line Trail were investigated. A call about a bear doing damage to a local farmer’s field was taken, and the bear was dispatched and given to a party to utilize the meat.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) reports a felony case of possession of methamphetamine was made at a public access, with the suspect jailed and charged. A dead bear was reported and investigated in the Mille Lacs WMA, which is most likely roadkill-related.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent much of the week at Camp Ripley completing annual training. Assistance was provided to several area farmers who had black bears eating and destroying corn.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled calls about an injured owl, a complaint about fishermen using lights on a lake at night (legal bow fishermen), surplus bear license questions, and a nuisance bear on the Little Falls Country Club golf course.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) met with the Sullivan Lake Association to discuss the tribal harvest on that lake. The Morrison County Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association invited CO Kuske to spend time at their building, visiting with people attending the county fair.

CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week following up on several TIP calls and wildlife-related complaints. CO Krauel also checked anglers and worked ATV and OHM activities.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports a TIP call was handled regarding a “fresh” deer skin on the front deck of a residence. From a distance the deer hair looked fairly fresh, especially after drenching rain. Upon closer inspection, however, the folded deer skin had no hide left, only hair. It had been undisturbed since last fall and was decomposing undisturbed. A PWC complaint was handled.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) worked ATV complaint areas during the past week. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal operation by juveniles.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters. Violations were found for exceeding slow/no wake and watercraft operation rules. Calls were received regarding a wetlands violation and a waters complaint.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled Fort Snelling State Park for trail usage and the Waconia station for angling and boating activities.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) helped Ft. Snelling State Park staff look for a homeless person who built a shelter in the park.

CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) received a TIP complaint this week regarding fill being placed in a wetland in Carver County. Enforcement action was taken for zebra mussel and vegetation transport violations on Lake Minnetonka. CO Weyandt also fielded phone calls about a bird with a broken wing and questions about hunting regulations on newly purchased property.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week working anglers and boaters on the river. He also responded to a call about a boat adrift on the Mississippi River with no one around. Upon locating the vessel it was discovered that it was stolen and the suspects cut a hole in the side of the boat to sink it and destroy any evidence. However, the boat was filled with foam and continued to float.

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking anglers and watercraft users, and doing AIS enforcement. CO Arntzen also spoke to a firearms safety class in Hugo.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) reports a TIP call was investigated regarding an individual fishing with two lines. Enforcement action was taken.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports an AIS check station was conducted on East Twin Lake during the weekend with a 100-percent compliance rate.

District 16 – New Ulm area 

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) assisted neighboring officers with a multi-state big-game investigation. The CO also continued to follow up on a public waters violation and focused on boating enforcement and safety.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked folks fishing and bowfishing on the high waters of the Minnesota River. She also checked ATV registrations and activity in her station.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers and boaters, as well as ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also spent time monitoring public water accesses for AIS compliance. Assistance was given to DNR Wildlife in conducting the roadside wildlife survey.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) focused on fishing, ATVing, and boating activity. VanThuyne also assisted another agency in an investigation and conducted wildlife surveys.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, boating, and AIS enforcement. Time also was spent monitoring public access sites for AIS violations.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) focused enforcement efforts on checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators during the week. A taxidermy inspection also was completed. The officer assisted with a big-game investigation from another state.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports attending in-service training during the week. Time also was spent checking canoeists on the Root River. Deer season and small-game hunting questions are starting to come in. Deer hunters who are scouting are reporting seeing some nice bucks in velvet.

CO Phil George (Rochester) spent the week checking anglers and watercraft users, and attending in-service training at Camp Ripley.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports the river was fast and dirty, which slowed fishing. He received ATV complaints and worked the areas. Hemker also followed up on a waters case and helped with several nuisance and injured wildlife-related calls.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports continuing field training with a COC. The officers attended firearms and use of force training at Camp Ripley. They also worked the Mississippi, Cannon, and Zumbro rivers and found several equipment violations.

Categories: Cuffs & Collars

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *