Aviation Section

Last updated: 2015-02-24

CO Pilot Bob Geving flew the spotter plane for the moose capture survey out of Grand Marais. Geving also conducted wetland violation photo mission flights and worked on equipment issues.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew wolf and marten telemetry. Heineman also started flying the elk survey in northwest Minnesota.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) did refresher training in helicopter for one pilot, and started the elk survey in the northwest at Thief River Falls. Recent snows finally provided adequate conditions to start the survey.

Pilot/CO Chris Lofstuen spent the week flying support missions for the moose capture project out of Ely and Grand Marais.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports flying more wolf pack search flights. Jensen also flew a possible wetland violation flight request. A couple bear dens were located for the Wildlife Division. Cold, clear weather makes for very good observation of wildlife from aircraft.