District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-07-12

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending this week staffing the TIP trailer at the Polk County Fair. Time was also spent checking anglers, watercraft operators, and ATV operators.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) concentrated on boating and angling. He received multiple wildlife calls and attended a sportsmen?s club meeting.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) investigated a confirmed wolf depredation. He also checked anglers and boaters.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked a busy 4th of July holiday. CO Vollbrecht worked boating enforcement during the fireworks display on Lake Bemidji. CO Vollbrecht worked with the area Jaycees for on lake boating safety issues. Officer assisted with scenario day at the Camp Ripley CO Academy. Complaints of ATVs and nuisance bears were taken.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked anglers and ATV activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. He also spent time working Itasca State Park and following up on cases.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports patrolling for ATV activity on local trails, contacting anglers and working TIP calls of possible over limits and possible protected waters violations. AIS contacts were made at public accesses where compliance was very good. Calls were taken of people picking up fledgling hawks in a couple of instances. People should be reminded to leave all baby animals where they are.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted at the CO Academy and followed up on wildlife and water safety calls. He also conducted remote area patrols for campers/anglers on state forest and park lands.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports spending the week working fishermen and boaters. Time was also spent on shoreline and aquatic plant issues, and assistance was given to a youth ATV class in Fergus Falls. Nuisance animal calls were also taken.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time on angling and boating activity. A complaint of a possible taking over the limit of pan fishing was investigated. CO Warren met with the Becker County Attorney about an angling over limit case. Areas were patrolled for ATV and off-road vehicle activity. AIS inspections were performed. Contact was made with park and trails about the condition of a local lake access. Calls of nuisance bear and raccoons were received and advise given.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling and boat and water safety in the Moorhead station. Multiple wildlife calls were answered including removal of skunks, removal of raccoons, and removal of snapping turtle underneath a dock. A report of an injured hawk was also addressed and the officer discovered it to be one that had just fallen from the nest. The hawk was placed back into the tree with the assistance of a kind citizen. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boat and water safety violations including riding on the transom, insufficient PFD, and registration violations, and angling without a license.