Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2017-05-22

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports checking anglers, boaters, bow-fishers, and ATV riders this week. CO Howe spoke on outdoor recreation safety to a local group. CO Howe also provided assistance to other agencies at the scene of a traffic accident.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, boating, and AIS enforcement this week. The recent rain slowed fishing activity but anglers who braved the weather were rewarded with a good bite. Time was also spent monitoring turkey hunting activity.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato 1) focused on angling and boating activity this week. CO VanThuyne also checked for AIS compliance at public water accesses.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato 2) continued to check ATV activity and anglers this past week. Attention was given to AIS enforcement as boating traffic increases. The officer also assisted a local agency in locating a suicidal individual.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent time this week monitoring fishing activity in the Albert Lea area. CO Henke also spent time working AIS and boat and water enforcement. ATV owners are reminded that anyone under 18 needs to have a helmet on when operating or riding on a machine. CO Henke responded to calls from the public and answered several questions regarding young animals. CO Henke reminds everyone that handling the animals will not help them, leave them where they are, typically the mother is in the area.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, boaters, turkey hunters, and ATV operators during the week. Activity was also monitored at wildlife management areas and waterfowl production areas.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked fishermen, boaters, and ATV operators this week. Additional time was spent patrolling public water accesses for AIS and other violations. Officer Ihnen also monitored area turkey hunting activity.

Spring Valley vacant.