District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2015-09-01

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) attended annual training, worked on some equipment maintenance, and followed up on an investigation. Anglers are reminded to always clean vegetation and remove drain plugs prior to leaving an access.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) fielded phone calls regarding about an injured fox and deer. Questions about the upcoming bear season were also taken. ATV violations in the area were also addressed. The officer conducted vehicle maintenance and attended in-service training at Camp Ripley.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working on checking bear baits throughout the week and weekend. The Officer found quite a few baits and bear hunters are reminded to register their baits on line once they are established. A call of a cow killed by a wolf was investigated. The cow was found to have been killed by a wolf and Federal trappers were called in to trap the nuisance wolf. Assistance was given to another CO in trying to locate a party on a garbage dumping complaint and the Officer assisted at Camp Ripley with inspecting division guns. A call of someone operating an ATV in a wildlife management area was taken and a call of a bear hunter illegally traveling off trail with an ATV to bait was investigated and enforcement action was taken. Patrol was done for AIS activity around the Mille Lacs Lake area and boaters were checked for safety related items. Several nuisance bear complaints were taken and lots of hunting, ATV, OHM, forestry, boating and fishing law related questions were answered over the week. Enforcement action was taken for ATV, OHM and bear hunting related violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. She assisted callers with nuisance raccoon and bear issues. Speldrich received information regarding illegal shining activity and an investigation is being conducted. Bear baiting issues are also being investigated.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) attended a waterfowl management meeting and annual in-service training. Assistance was given to local police, sheriff?s departments, and State Patrol with a fleeing felon. The individual had felony warrants and fled police officers in two counties, before fleeing on foot into a corn field. Numerous agencies and concerned residents combined to apprehend the subject.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) was busy most of the week with checking bear hunters and bear baiting activity. Bear baits with large amounts of garbage were found throughout some state forest public hunting areas. Time was spent tracking down the hunters responsible for establishing the illegal baits and leaving the public hunting areas a mess. Citations and warnings were issued for littering and baiting bear with illegal material. Time was also spent assisting farmers with bear destroying their field corn, instructing at the Conservation Officer Academy and answering questions about DNR laws at the State Fair.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week at Camp Ripley for training. He took calls including an eagle trying to get into a cage of baby turkeys and reports of fawns along the freeway. CO Wynn spent time on the St. Croix River over the weekend monitoring boaters and anglers. He also spent time checking public accesses and state forests for activity. Enforcement contacts included allowing illegal juvenile operation of ATV?s, OHM?s, and fires at public accesses.