Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 13 - West Metro area

Last updated: 2017-06-19

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking fishermen and monitoring boating activity. CO Grewe and K9 partner Shelby checked boats at public accesses for zebra mussels and also followed up with complaints. Violations this week included expired boat registration.

CO Tim Maass (Osseo) continued investigating a wetland violation. Time was also spent handling several wildlife complaints. Enforcement action was taken on several fishing and boating violations including no angling license, illegal length bass, and no lifejackets.

CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spent most of her week patrolling on Lake Minnetonka. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, expired registration on a watercraft, and dredging without a permit. CO Weyandt also taught water safety at a safety camp in Brooklyn Park and attended a Hope for Kids event on Big Island. CO Weyandt was able to assist kids catch their first fish and help them identify what they caught.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) focused on angling and boating enforcement. CO Leuthardt reports varying degrees of angling success around Scott County. She worked with the Scott County Recreational Deputy enforcing boating activities on Prior Lake. She also investigated another call of a citizen taking and keeping a raccoon for a pet. She wants to inform the public to leave baby animals alone as wild animals are meant to be in the wild.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked fishing and boating activities in Metro area lakes and rivers. He responded to calls for services including bow fishing regulations, discharge of a firearm on private property, and deer possession tag request. He took enforcement actions for in state park during close hours, dog off leash while in state park, riding on the transom, failed to display valid boat registration, no PWC decal, and no fire extinguisher.

CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) focused on angling and aquatic invasive species the past week. Assistance was given to St. Paul PD in a crash that CO Birdsall came upon, medical assistance was given until paramedics arrived. A local cycling event known as the Bike Konnect was attended and CO Birdsall discussed many of the DNR?s services with the public. Violations encountered the past week included angling without a license, angling with extra lines, and watercraft safety equipment violations.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked boating and fishing activities in the metro area lakes. He followed up on AIS violation in Minneapolis and responded to animal complaints. Officer Lee talked to Asian youth firearm safety class in St. Paul and answered questions on fishing and hunting to the Asian community.

Bloomington vacant.

Ft. Snelling vacant.