Published June 05, 2012, 02:54 PM

WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Nuisance bear complaints, AIS compliance, Fishing etc.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) handled several nuisance bear complaints where the common denominator was that the complainant had left some type of food source available for the bear.

By: Minnesota DNR,

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota or June 4:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked anglers and boaters after sunset on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for operating watercraft without lights and insufficient PFDs. Several nuisance bear complaints were handled where the common denominator was that the complainant had left some type of food source available for the bear. An investigation of illegal ATV activity continued and AIS compliance was monitored.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) checked area anglers and boaters on the Red Lake River. Those who are familiar with the river are doing well on walleyes. Many boaters were on their first voyage of the year and were short or without PFDs. Enforcement action for the week included watercraft equipment violations, angle without license, and no ATV registration.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls #2) worked angling activity and boating safety on the area waterways. Anglers reported slow to fair activity. Calls of possible wolf depredations were received and investigated. Area WMAs, state forests and area trails were monitored for off road vehicle activity. Questions were answered in regards to AIS and angling regulations.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked Boat & Water Safety projects and AIS details. Experimental regulation lakes were checked for activity. A wolf depredation was investigated and calls were received on injured and orphaned animals. Enforcement activity for the week included angling violations and boat & water safety violations.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette #2) monitored fishing and ATV activity throughout the week. Anglers are reporting good success on Upper Red Lake as water clarity has improved. ATV activity was high throughout the week. Parents are reminded that all people under 18 years old must wear helmets while riding ATVs. A wolf depredation complaint was investigated and several nuisance animal complaints were handled.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked anglers, boaters, and leech trappers. All of the water users were checked for AIS law compliance. Officer Malinowski spoke to a Firearm Safety Class about laws, safety, and ethics. Complaints of swan crop depredation, bears in bee hives, and a wolf killing a calf and a dog were investigated. A background investigation of a conservation officer applicant continues.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted with training at the Conservation Officer Academy. Anglers and boaters were checked, with emphasis on AIS law compliance. State forests, parks, and WMAs were patrolled.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) focused enforcement efforts on boating and angling activity. Forest roads and trails were patrolled for ATV activity. A conservation officer applicant background investigation continues.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji 2) checked anglers and boaters for AIS law compliance; compliance has been very good. ATV trails were patrolled, and nuisance bear complaints investigated. A fishing related TIP call investigation continues.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) investigated a TIP call involving a bow fisherman dumping carp on the shore and back into the water. Anglers and boaters were checked and educated about AIS issues. A background investigation of a conservation officer applicant continues.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) spoke to a group of Clay County deputies about ATV and OHM law enforcement. Anglers and boaters were checked. Activity has been high on area lakes. PWC complaints are coming in. Most complaints involve juvenile operation, driving too close to the shore, or operating outside the allowable times. Calls of a dead eagle, nuisance bear, and coyotes coming into yards were checked.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) monitored AIS law compliance by anglers and boaters. Nuisance animal calls, public waters alteration complaints, and aquatic plant removal issues were investigated. A background investigation of a conservation officer applicant continues, and Officer Stattelman assisted with Use of Force Training at the Conservation Officer Academy.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) responded to a complaint of a boat chasing/harassing a loon. The boat operator turned out to be a 14-year-old girl. The parents were contacted and appropriate action taken. A wolf depredation and a wanton waste of northern pike complaint were investigated. A background investigation of a conservation officer applicant continues.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked boaters, anglers, and ATVs. Fish related TIP calls were investigated. Complaints of bear damaging bee hives, an owl caught in a fence, and a deer that crashed through a metal fence causing $1200 in damage were also investigated. Officer Forsberg assisted with training efforts at the Conservation Officer Academy.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Hanson focused enforcement efforts on AIS law compliance. Checks were conducted in Becker, Ottertail, and Lake of the Woods Counties.

Crookston - vacant.

Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew a moose calf survey in the northeast and completed a training flight for the upcoming ring necked duck survey.

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