District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2014-08-19

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked local lake activity which included good numbers of bass getting caught. He also patrolled ATV traffic, assisted at the Game Fair booth, and checked for compliance at bear baits.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) assisted with the CO Prep hiring program at Camp Ripley. Wahkon Days was attended with the Wall of Shame. The officer also assisted at the kids fishing contest for the city. Bear baiting began and the officer monitored bear baiting sites.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen out on Mille Lacs Lake during the week and weekend. A few nice keeper walleyes were seen along with some perch and bass. Boat and water safety related equipment was also checked on watercraft on Mille Lacs Lake. A fishing-related TIP was investigated and further follow up will be done on this case. A few bear baiters were checked on some area county and state land over the weekend and a call of an injured bird was handled. ATV activity was monitored throughout the Malmo Station. A complaint of a wolf taking cattle was investigated and a controller zone was opened and a state trapper was brought in to take care of the nuisance wolf. Lots of big game, boating, fishing, and ATV law related questions were fielded throughout the week. Aquatic Invasive Species enforcement was also done around the Mille Lacs Lake area during the week with a high compliance rate seen. The Officer also assisted with Wahkon Days kids fishing day and in spite of the rain a good number of kids showed up and participated in the event. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing, boating and ATV law related violations.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) met with a couple local farmers that have had bear issues in the past. Bear hunters are calling with questions. Boat and water patrols were worked, with some PFD violations found. An adult passenger of one boat became hostile towards Officer Starr when one child received a Safe Boater Award for wearing a PFD, while other children did not have their PFDs on. Unfortunately, numerous children had to observe behavior that was unwarranted.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week following up on wolf depredation complaints where wolves had taken both sheep and cattle. He checked local state forests for activity, spent time checking anglers, and took numerous nuisance animal calls. Bear baiting started with a warm weekend and plenty of bugs in the woods. CO Wynn reminds hunters that off-trail travel is not allowed to bait bears during August and September. Enforcement contacts included juveniles without helmets on ATVs, operating on county roads, and no safety certificates.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) started the second phase of training with a COC. Officers patrolled Mille Lacs Lake during the week. Time was spent working ATV activity and checking for bear baiting activity. A cormorant was found walking on Hwy 47 near Isle. The cormorant was picked up and released back to the water were it appeared to be normal. The officers also taught the law portion of a Firearms Safety Class at Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club. The students were also given the opportunity to view a patrol vehicle and some of the equipment used by Conservation Officers. Enforcement action was taken on fishing, boating and ATV violations.