District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-07-22

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) monitored angling activity and recreational vehicles in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. A complaint was received of a deer caught in a fence and coyotes attacking calves.

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports starting field training with a COC. Officers reported checking watercraft operators and anglers during the week. The warm weather brought many people outdoors. Various wildlife related complaints were also received. A cease and desist order was issued for a wetland violation. Violations encountered included no angling licenses, no registration on a canoe, no PFDs, and operate watercraft with person riding on gunwales.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and ATVers.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) started phase one field training with a COC. Time was spent monitoring angling and boating activity on area lakes. Fishermen have reported a slower activity, while more recreational boaters were observed. CO Vollbrecht responded to a complaint of a bear attempting to get into a trailer house and a complaint of a deer living in an individual?s shed. An aquatic plant violation was detected on an area lake while checking fishermen. CO Vollbrecht worked with a neighboring officer on a complaint of double tripping. A follow-up investigation is ongoing. ATV activity was monitored on area trails and forest roads.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports conducting site inspection for retail minnow licenses, patrolling for ATVs /OHMs, checking anglers and conducting boating safety inspections. CO Vinton was asked to inspect some horses that may have been attacked by an animal. The injuries didn?t look consistent with animal attack and the owner said they?d try and locate some trail cameras in an attempt to uncover the source. Enforcement action was taken for unregistered watercraft, no angling license in possession and driving after revocation.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) and a COC checked weed roller permits, anglers and boaters. They spoke to a youth firearms safety class in Wolf Lake about safety, laws and ethics. CO Peterson returned evidence on a cleared case and worked a miscellaneous wildlife complaint.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers on area lakes. Boaters were checked for boating safety equipment and aquatic invasive species compliance. CO Warren provided watercraft owners with information regarding draining of water related equipment and removing all aquatic vegetation prior to transport. Areas were patrolled for ATV activity.

Moorhead - vacant.