Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked anglers and boaters on the metro area lakes and rivers. He took calls on nuisance animal complaints and answered questions on big game and small game regulations to the Asian community. He also took calls on bear hunting regulations and firearm safety classes.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) is beginning to prepare for the upcoming dove season along with the many small game options upcoming in the area. Time was spent participating in training at Camp Ripley. A firearms safety class was attended and many of the new changes for 2017 were emphasized.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week patrolling fishermen and checking boats with K9 Shelby for zebra mussels. CO Grewe followed up with access inspector violations and provided ride-along to the district intern. Violations this week included not having fishing license in possession.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spoke at two firearm safety classes about laws and regulations. Shore anglers were checked on Lake Minnetonka with many having close to their limit of sunfish. CO Weyandt has begun a background investigation on one of the new candidates for the next conservation officer academy.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked angling and boating in Minneapolis lakes, Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. He worked with Fort Snelling State Park?s assistant manager to identify littering and trespassing issues. He responded to calls for injured/sick geese and crow, he assisted Minneapolis Police Department with question/information about a suspected stolen boat, and he assisted Hennepin County Sherriff Office to look for intoxicated individuals along the Mississippi River around Fort Snelling State Park. Enforcement action taken for no angling license, speeding in the State Park, no vehicle permit.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) assisted at the annual conservation officer in-service at Camp Ripley. She also had a ride along spend the day with her while she followed up on case work, checked anglers, boaters, and monitored boat launches for AIS violations. Enforcement action was taken on failure to display valid boat registration, transporting aquatic macrophytes, and fail to register bear baits.
Ft. Snelling vacant.