District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2016-07-12

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) worked over the July 4th holiday and found a lot of people enjoying the weather. ATV trails are in great shape and some of the recent moisture helped keep the dust down. The officer staffed the TIP Wall of Shame during ?Isle Days?; people asked good questions that were law related. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, angling with an extra line, driving with a suspended license and one person was arrest with a warrant.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen out on Mille Lacs Lake throughout the week and weekend. Lots of fishermen reported catching walleyes and also some nice bass. The Officer patrolled several state and county land areas for ATV, OHM, and forestry related activity. Many outdoors law related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Assistance was given at the Conservation Officer Cadet Academy with wetlands and AIS week. Boating activity was also monitored on area lakes during the week and with the nice weather many folks were out enjoying the lakes. The Officer also worked AIS Enforcement around the Malmo Station and several wildlife related questions were fielded. Enforcement action for the week included various ATV violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated a depredation of a cow and newborn calf. She patrolled the Nemadji State Forest on ATV and assisted a group with an ATV that had broken down. Speldrich followed up in a littering issue where camping items were left at a campsite. She also handled nuisance bear and beaver calls.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent time instructing at Camp Ripley where Conservation Officer Trainees learned about enforcing invasive species and Wetland Conservation Act laws. Less fishing and more water skiing and tubing activity was found on area lakes and rivers with the warmer, midsummer water temperatures. Nuisance bear complaints continued to come in along with complaints of wolves killing livestock.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took numerous bear complaints again. Concerned callers need to put away trash, grills and birdfeeders if a bear continues to visit. He also assisted the Pine County Sheriff?s Department with the search and recovery of a drowning victim in Banning State Park.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) handled various wildlife calls ranging from live trapped skunks to badger problems. Another caller upgraded the badger sighting to a possible wolverine. Fishing on Mille Lacs Lake remains good with a strong walleye bite along with other species. Assistance was given to the State Patrol on a traffic accident.