Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 7, 2019
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. A calf depredation was investigated near Lake Bronson.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, AIS, boat and water, and angling enforcement. Benjamin strongly suggests people read the regulations booklet before heading out onto public lands with their ATVs. This will help ensure good memories and drastically reduce your chances of violating the law.
CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls) spent time this past week working boating and angling enforcement in the area. Elwell happened to be in the right place at the right time when he noticed a newborn white-tailed deer fawn stumbling across a street in Thief River Falls. People are reminded to leave fledgling birds, fawns, and other critters alone when they find them.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) spent time patrolling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with another officer.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports instructing at the new CO Academy at Camp Ripley. Time also was spent checking anglers and watercraft operators. A leech-trapping complaint was checked.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking anglers and boaters with a focus on aquatic invasive species enforcement. TIPs about possible fish overlimits and double-tripping were investigated. A concerned caller from the Alexandria area was provided advice about a small bear in her yard. It was not doing anything other than looking at hummingbird feeders. Vinton advised her to bring inside the bird feeders, trash can, and grill and any other sources of food that might entice the bear to hang around.
CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week working fishing, AIS and ATV enforcement. Time also was spent responding to miscellaneous wildlife-related complaints.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking anglers, boat and water safety, AIS, and ATVing activity in the area. He also spent time following up on dock-related complaints, nuisance-animal complaints, and concerns about suspicious deaths of animals.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) responded to a bowfishing boat swamped in the Otter Tail River during the weekend. With extra weight in the boat and a pretty fast current, the boat took on water rapidly and submerged. Luckily, the five people on board were not injured in the incident. During the same timeframe, there was another report about a bowfishing boat on another lake. The bowfishers were playing load music and disrupting residents on the lake.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) monitored invasive species on boats this past week and handled ATV-related complaints. Bear sightings and nuisance-beaver permits were handled.
CO Andrew Goodman (Elbow Lake) reports checking a fair number of anglers and bowfishers. Time was spent investigating a fish overlimit complaint and issuing minnow and beaver permits.
CO Shane Osbourne (Evansville) checked anglers, ATV riders, and boaters. Several cases of no helmets on passengers under 18 were encountered. Several lakes in the area are experiencing high water, and one lake has a no-wake regulation within 150 feet of shore.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports anglers were cited for no fishing license and for angling with an invalid license, as the spouse on a combination license was actually a girlfriend. A concerned citizen called in a bowfisher after watching him throw about 20 carp from the bed of his truck into the ditch of a rural dirt road. A citation was issued.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) spent time checking bowfishers and the illegal dumping of rough fish, which continues to be a problem.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Jacqueline Hughes (Longville) report checking multiple anglers. She also checked multiple ATVers and spoke at an ATV safety class. Hughes has also received calls regarding nuisance beavers.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) continued work on the gill-netting case in Park Rapids from the prior weekend. Time also was spent checking on three separate waters cases that involved filling or amending a lake shore.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports weather has finally cooperated and anglers were out taking advantage of it on Rainy Lake. Kittelson also responded to a medical assist in which a person fell off a ladder and sustained upper leg and back injuries. The individual was transported to a hospital by ambulance.
CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls) spent time following up on a trapping case with CO John Slatinski. Zavodnik also worked with the DNR Parks and Trails Division regarding topics with the multi-use Blue Ox Trail. He and Slatinski also responded to a deer/vehicle collision that involved a newly-born, orphaned fawn. The two COs determined that it most likely wouldn’t have survived the night if left on its own. The COs were able to contact a rehabilitation center that evening, and the fawn was transported that night. A few days later, a follow-up was done and the deer was found to be doing well.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) checked area lakes, monitored area forest roads, and checked public access sites. Numerous beaver-related issues were dealt with.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) taught species identification at the CO Academy. He also worked anglers, ATV riders, and a complaint about a shoreline alteration in the Aurora station, which turned out to be a large area of shoreline excavation and aquatic plant removal. Resource protection notifications were issued. Enforcement action was taken on multiple angling-without-a-license offenses, no angling license in possession, and a number of ATV violations.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) patrolled in and out of the BWCAW throughout the week, working primarily angling, boating, and ATV enforcement. One individual was contacted angling from a houseboat a day before he had set his 72-hour angling license to become effective.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) cleaned up again after the same “parents behaving badly” as last week – this time in a local state wildlife management area. She took reports of bears behaving badly (read: “behaving like bears”) and of a young wolf visiting an area campground.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports going from the land of ice and snow to black flies. Fagerman assisted with a firearms safety field day and took a complaint about snowmobilers during the week. He also took a call from a person in Illinois who wants to come to northern Minnesota to fish for rusty crayfish. A wildland arson case was investigated.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters and patrolled area ATV trails. He also handled calls about possible fishing overlimits, nuisance wildlife, angling in closed areas, illegal minnow trapping, burning without a permit, and ATV trespass. Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length fish and failure to obtain a burning permit.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, attended training, investigated a wildland fire, and monitored OHV activity.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) reports enforcement action was taken on multiple individuals for having their drain plugs in their watercraft while on the roadway.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent many hours on area lakes conducting fishing and boating enforcement. Many fish were measured and counted during the week. Duncan also assisted local police departments and sheriff’s offices with calls for service.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) report nuisance- and injured-animal complaints continue to be received. Most of these complaints are beaver and bear issues.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked ATV enforcement in the Duluth and Two Harbors areas. Olson also worked on equipment items for upcoming details.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters. ATV-related complaints were received, and training was attended in Eveleth.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) gave presentations to students at Riverside Elementary School in Brainerd on natural resources conservation and furbearing animals. Area fishing activity was monitored.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked on an aquatic vegetation complaint on an area lake. A trapper was checked while attempting to remove nuisance beavers from a local municipality.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) continued an investigation regarding a trailer that was left on state forest land. The trailer was far from road-safe and was full of trash, car parts, and tires. She located from where the trailer originated and eventually who left it in the forest. The suspect claimed he left it for someone else to have and that he was paying it forward so perhaps some good fortune would come his way. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) continued to focus on angling and ATVing activity. The CO contacted one angler who said he was holding a rod while trolling and would give the rod to his boat partner when he got a bite because he did not have a fishing license. The person was cited for angling without a license.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) reports enforcement action was taken when an angler decided to take up four parking spaces at a public boat access rather than backing his boat trailer into one space. He admitted he really had no good excuse.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) assisted with an eagle that was caught in a beaver trap.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) handled several nuisance-animal calls that included foxes killing chickens and ducks, and black bears knocking over garbage cans and tearing down bird feeders.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Annette Kyllo (Pierz) spent time working with CO Karon on Lake Mille Lacs. Two individuals were encountered with one walleye that was over 23 inches in their livewell (outside the keeper slot) as well as five smallmouth bass that were in the protected 17- to 21-inch slot. The individuals said they didn’t want to take the bass home, but were keeping them for photos. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) reports assistance was provided to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office with a domestic assault complaint. Assistance also was provided to the Sauk Centre Police Department with a bear that wandered into city limits. Silgjord also provided law enforcement support to DNR Wildlife staff conducting a prescribed burn on a local WMA.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) dealt with several calls about nuisance and aggressive bears this past week. Most of the bear problems stemmed from bird feeders.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Blong Lor (Center City) spent the week working anglers, AIS, boating safety, and exploring his new station. Time also was spent investigating and responding to complaints.
CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) focused enforcement efforts on anglers and boaters. Additional time was spent handling miscellaneous wildlife-related complaints and patrolling state lands.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) worked boat safety and angling activity during the week. In addition to patrolling area lakes, he assisted in interviewing candidates interested in becoming conservation officers. Enforcement action was taken for illegally taking migratory waterfowl out of season, angling with multiple lines, angling license violations, and boat safety violations.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) received several questions about the wake restrictions on Lake Minnetonka and advised people to go to the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District website for a current wake restriction map.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) investigated an illegal-dumping complaint involving fish carcasses being dumped on private property.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Garrett Thomas (Eagan) rendered assistance to multiple local agencies on calls relating to armed robbery and domestic abuse.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (White Bear Lake) spent time working angling and recreational activity throughout the week. The CO spoke to one angler who successfully boated a 40-inch muskie five minutes after fishing began on the opener. It was his first time muskie fishing.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, boating, AIS, and ATV enforcement. ATV operators are reminded that it is illegal to operate ATVs on county or state highways unless the ATV is registered with an agricultural sticker and being used for agricultural purposes.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) reports assistance was given to multiple agencies in regards to a drowning that occurred on Lac qui Parle Lake.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports assistance was given to the Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office with a barricaded suspect related to a domestic assault. A big thank you goes out to the Des Moines Valley MDHA chapter and the Windom High School Trap Team for the hard work put into planting trees at the Delft WMA.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports assistance was given to a sheriff’s office in attempting to locate an individual who was hiking and had a medical situation.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) addressed complaints about snagging fish at the Fountain Lake Dam. Several citations have been issued.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) reports assistance was provided to the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office regarding a sailboat that had gotten loose and landed at an area public access where it blocked half of the boat ramp.
CO Clint Fitzgerald (Rochester) assisted Olmsted County with building searches following the report of a shooting south of Byron.
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports a follow-up investigation was completed for a bear hunter who failed to submit a tooth after harvesting a bear during the 2018 season. Assistance was given to Wabasha County with a motorcycle crash.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) checked an 85-year-old angler who was walking back to his car with a limit of fish. The angler said his older brother was still on the riverbank, working on getting his limit.