Last updated: 2017-03-20
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) instructed new officers at the Waterfowl Enforcement School at Whitewater State Park and on the Mississippi River. A calf depredation was investigated in rural Stephen which was suspected to have been killed by coyotes.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad North) worked snowmobile, ATV, and angling enforcement. Slowly but surely the ice on the lake is dissipating, forecasted warmer weather and rain is undoubtedly going to speed the process. Be very careful if going out on the lake, some ice roads are closed and others are restricted to light vehicles or ATV/snowmobile traffic only. Check with resorts as conditions are not the same across the lake. If you still have a permanent shelter out, you may want to think about getting it to shore this week. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, angle with an extra line, transport fish without a patch of skin, and fail to display valid registration on a snowmobile.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette West) reports an increase in pike fishermen on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River. Walleye fishing has slowed down but the avid anglers have still been able to hook a few nice ones. CO Prachar spent time at Camp Ripley for training and time working anglers.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports checking anglers on special regulation lakes, monitoring ice shelter removal progress, and monitoring ATV activity throughout the week. Time was spent issuing car killed deer possession permits, looking into a TIP report of possible over limits of pan fish, and preparations made for an upcoming ATV safety class. Violations encountered and addressed during the week included a minnow dealer without an angling license, fail to display ATV registration, and littering.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck North) reports focusing much of his time checking anglers on Lake of the Woods. Time was also spent working at the Warroad Point of Entry and ATV enforcement was conducted. Enforcement actions for the week included angling without a license, extra lines, walleye over-limit, allow illegal ATV operation by a juvenile, operate unregistered ATV, and marijuana related offenses. An angler was also arrested on Lake of the Woods who had an active warrant for his arrest.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette East) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and various smaller lakes around the Blackduck/Kelliher area. Time was spent patrolling for ATV violations and fielding calls regarding injured eagles, an injured owl, crow hunting, and a possible livestock depredation caused by wolves. Assistance was also given to local law enforcement with a break- in of an unoccupied RV trailer. One unlucky angler was found to be in possession of marijuana and to have an outstanding warrant.
Warroad #2 vacant.
Thief River Falls #2 vacant.