Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2017-08-14

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) fielded calls and questions about the Morrison County deer feeding ban, Mille Lacs walleye fishing, bear baiting, fishing tournament regulations, and the legality of using tetra-totes to hunt from on or attached to an ATV. A complaint of a landowner dumping grass/yard clippings over the river bank is being investigated and a TIP call was received of duck ponds being baited for the upcoming waterfowl opener next month. An angler called to report that unfortunately they had a loon get snagged in their muskie lure when fishing over the weekend.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring ATV activity. CO Silgjord assisted with use of force training at the Division?s annual in-service event. Time was also spent conducting a background investigation for the upcoming academy.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, AIS, and boaters. Time was spent at Camp Ripley at annual training focusing on CPR, firearms, defensive tactics, and law training. Officer Thesing spoke with the students of the Albany DNR firearms safety class. Assistance was given to DNR wildlife staff in helping a fawn deer that was stuck in a fence. The fawn was freed and ran off to join its mother.

CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports attending officer in-service/use of force training at Camp Ripley. Follow up was done on a TIP call involving an invasive species violation. Patrol was also done on area lakes and rivers with enforcement action taken for fishing without a fishing license, boating with insufficient PFD?s, and watercraft registration violations.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) attended the Todd SWCD TEP meeting. An assist was given to USFWS on an incident in Hillman involving an eagle being shot. Follow up on WCA was done. CO Friese also attended training at Camp Ripley.

Pierz vacant.

Paynesville vacant.

Annandale vacant.