District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2015-04-21

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) handled a number of calls and inquiries about the Tribal netting that is taking place on Lower South Long Lake. Several concerned citizens called about AIS issues related to the nets and boats the Band members are using after reports of seeing one trailer with aquatic vegetation on it. A resident shot a black bear that he thought was being aggressive. The bear was most likely attracted to his yard by the feed in the chicken pen located there. The animal was picked up and disposed of. A dog chasing deer complaint was received. The owner denied that his dogs were running even though they were caught on a game camera almost 2 miles from home.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) monitored spring fishing activity during the week. With the warm temps some crappies were being found in spawning areas. ATV activity was monitored throughout the station. Fires continue to be a problem with the dry weather and high winds. Presentations were given at two separate firearms safety classes in the area.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports a few turkey hunters out. Game farm inspections were done. CO Friese participated in training at Camp Ripley. Possible WCA violations are under investigation. APM and shoreline questions were answered.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, wetland and shoreline impacts, and turkey hunters. Time was spent at Camp Ripley for firearms training. Thesing gave the law talk to the Cold Spring firearms safety class. A TIP call was investigated where a man at an apartment complex was seen taking two Canada goose eggs from a nest. The man was found and interviewed and admitted to taking the eggs. The man had eaten the goose eggs for dinner. He stated that they tasted like chicken eggs, but the whites of the eggs were more rubbery. Enforcement action was taken for taking geese out of season. Other enforcement action for the week included angling with no license, and burning without a permit.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working on wetland violations. Time was also spent tagging minnow dealer equipment for use in AIS waters and checking leech trappers. Enforcement action was taken for license violations, no burning permit, and burning prohibited materials.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) worked ATV enforcement where ATV?s were illegally operating on a state highway and checked anglers to find anglers fishing without a license and an angler that had illegally bought a Married Combination Sportsman license for the last five years though he wasn?t legally married. CO Kuske assisted a neighboring officer with an investigation from deer season and worked a lot of fire enforcement. One fire was an unattended smoldering fire in a farm yard and when the landowner was contacted they said they had last burned the pile in January but with the high winds had rekindled it. Other fires included an arson fire and a number of people burning garbage which resulted in high fines.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports shore fishing activity is picking up. The officer attended annual training. Trapping, fishing, and turkey hunters were the primary activity worked this weekend.

St. Cloud - vacant.