District 1 – Baudette area
Last updated: 2020-06-15
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored area angling and ATV activity, as well as wildlife management areas around Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties. Assistance was given with a nuisance bear issue.
CO Marc Johnson (Warroad South) primarily worked angling activity on Lake of the Woods and public accesses, and ATV enforcement on local trails. In addition, he investigated complaints of a wolf depredation and a nuisance bear that was damaging private property. Violations encountered included possession of an illegal-length walleye, failure to stop an ATV at a stop sign and failure to remove a watercraft drain plug prior to transport.
CO Aaron Larson (Baudette West) worked boat and water safety, AIS, angling and ATV enforcement. He also fielded a nuisance bear report. Boaters and anglers were checked on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) conducted an investigation regarding the possible accidental shooting of a lake sturgeon with archery equipment on the Red Lake River in Thief River Falls. Through interviews, he was learned a lake sturgeon was indeed inadvertently shot with an arrow while a person was bow fishing for rough fish. Enforcement action was taken for taking a lake sturgeon in an illegal manner.
CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) worked angling, invasive species and ATV enforcement this past week. Elwell received a call about a dead bear cub found in the caller?s backyard. After further investigation, it was determined the bear cub was neither dead, nor a real bear cub. In fact, it was a stuffed animal belonging to a neighbor. Violations encountered included ATV and invasive species violations.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports working AIS, angling and boating activity on special regulation lakes this past week. Time was spent handling reports of nuisance bears, patrolling area trails and investigating the removal of aquatic vegetation without an aquatic plant management permit. Violations encountered and addressed this past week included possession of northern pike within the protected slot, as well as angling license and boating safety equipment violations.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck North) reports wind and weather kept fishing activity sparse this past week. Some anglers went out to brave the elements but many stayed on shore. Time was spent working angling and ATV activity. Enforcement action was taken for illegal operation of an ATV and operating without proper equipment. Prachar assisted Beltrami County with several calls for service.
District 2 – Bemidji area
Last updated: 2020-06-15
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers this past week. Time was also spent taking various wildlife-related complaints. Two orphaned bear cubs were caught and transported to a rehabilitation center.