Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2017-05-22

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working on wildfire investigations. Time was further spent responding to wetland and public water complaints. Anglers and watercraft operators were also checked.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted at an AIS check station and helped at the Clearwater County Sherriff?s office ATV safety classes.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) monitored angling activity on area lakes. The cool, windy weather over the weekend slowed the bite a little. CO Vollbrecht worked AIS enforcement at area accesses with good compliance observed. A detail was worked on Upper Red Lake with CO McGowan. A restoration order was issued with a public waters violation.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) worked angling and boat and water safety during the week. Time was also spent checking AIS compliance and participating in a work detail near Baudette. The officer worked with a ride-along interested in becoming a CO. A presentation was given to a Boy Scout troop on the duties and responsibilities of a CO. CO Holt worked on Leech Lake with a neighboring officer and assisted forestry with a wildfire investigation. Enforcement activity included boat and water safety violations and illegal length fish.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports contacting anglers and boaters at area accesses and discussing AIS rules and inspecting watercraft. CO Vinton assisted neighboring officers with a 4th Grade watercraft safety day in Menahga. He discussed boating safety regulations, equipment, and rules with about 30 students. CO Vinton continues to receive calls about removal of floating vegetation plugging the outlet of a lake. A local chicken owner called to report they had killed a fox that was trying to drag one of their geese away.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked commercial minnow enforcement and attended training.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity. Areas were patrolled for off road vehicle activity, monitored boat traffic for AIS compliance, and a complaint of illegal leeching activity was investigated. Complaints of bow fishing activity and a possible injured goose were received.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling and AIS violations in the Moorhead and Pelican stations. Cooler and windy weather this week limited anglers on area lakes. A potential wetland violation was investigated as well as a report of an individual killing geese. The officer also taught the law and ethics portion of the Moorhead ATV safety class. Enforcement action was taken for a stop sign violation.

Pelican Rapids vacant.