Published March 14, 2011, 02:38 PM

DNR Enforcement report: Fish house removal, Snowmobile enforcement etc.

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) worked with a Manitoba game warden to return illegal animal skulls to Canada.

By: Minnesota DNR,

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for March 14:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored angling and snowmobile activity on Lake of the Woods and around the Roseau and Kittson County areas. CO Huener worked with a Manitoba game warden to return illegal animal skulls to Canada. A law and ethics presentation was given to the Lancaster Snowmobile Safety class.

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) worked with other agencies on a restoration order for a ditching project. The weekend brought a snowmobile race to Warroad and a lot of spectators. Neighboring CO Birchem assisted with extra enforcement efforts surrounding the race. Numerous snowmobile, OHM, and trail violations were addressed.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) worked complaints of illegal snowmobile operation on the Warroad River with CO Milbridge. Enforcement action was taken on speeding, snowmobile registration, registration on off-road motorcycle, illegal equipment and no trail stickers. CO Birchem checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Snow and ice conditions remain good with some slush appearing. Enforcement action was taken on unattended lines and fish house I.D.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) checked area snowmobile activity and took calls on injured deer. Equipment maintenance was performed. Enforcement activity for the week included take northern in closed season and commercial vehicle trespass in a wildlife management area.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) monitored angling activity and fish house removal from area waters. Snowmobile activity was worked with fewer individuals out on trails. CO Warren received calls of a dog chasing deer, an injured deer in a yard and an individual feeding deer in the no feed area. Preparations for the upcoming spring thaw and possible flood activity continued.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) monitored snowmobile trails in the area and prepared a report for the county attorney for an upcoming court case. CO Vollbrecht responded to two separate calls for injured bald eagles.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) reports an increase in angling activity on Lake of the Woods throughout the week. Anglers are reporting the best success near Long Point in 35 feet of water. CO Gorecki also spent time checking snowmobilers using area trails. Snowmobilers are reminded that they need a snowmobile trail pass in order to use Grant-in-Aid snowmobile trails. Enforcement action taken during the week included angle with extra lines, angle without a license, over limit of walleye, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked anglers, predator hunters, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Fish house removal activity was monitored. Complaints of wolf/cattle depredation, possible shot deer, and a wolf chasing children (it turned out to be the neighbor’s dog) were investigated. A court case involving a bear shot out of season was settled, Firearms Safety Classes were scheduled, and hunting/angling questions were answered.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) responded to a call of a wolf hit and killed by a vehicle. Anglers were checked, and the remaining fish houses marked and inventoried.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) checked anglers, the panfish bite is improving. Ice conditions are changing as the temperatures increase and water is starting to flow. People venturing onto the ice should monitor the changes closely. A timber trespass on private property was investigated, and a taxidermy shop checked.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) monitored fish house removal, and reminded fish house owners to clean up around their house and remove all blocking material from the ice. Some snowmobiles were out but activity is slowing. Equipment was readied for flood response. The officer spoke to the Wolverton Firearms Safety Class about laws, safety, and ethics.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Fish house removal and cleanup was monitored. A few fish houses remain on the ice south of U.S. Highway 10, and action to contact the owners and remove the houses is in progress. Issues involving smelt and cisco for bait, and the origin of the product were investigated.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked anglers and monitored fish house removal. Enforcement action was taken for wanton waste; the person was leaving northern pike on the ice. The officer assisted with answering questions at the Minnesota Deer Classic.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers and snowmobilers, activity is slowing for both. Fish house removal activity was monitored. Several houses were left on the ice after the deadline. Public accesses were also checked for shelters left there. A trapping complaint, a fish-related TIP call, and an accidentally taken fisher call was investigated.

Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson attended a meeting with local government officials about wetland alteration issues and cases. The officer also attended the Wetland Summit in Chanhassen. Snowmobilers and anglers were checked. Issues related to smelt and cisco used for bait and the origin of the fish was investigated. Concerns of the bait coming from VHS infested waters.

Bemidji #1 - vacant.

Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew deer Permit Area 267 (Roseau) and PA 203 (Agassiz) and Wild River State Park in the last two weeks. The deer surveys were flown with the helicopter.