Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2017-05-22

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) received information on several potential violations. Time was utilized checking boaters and anglers. CO Richards issued a lifesaving award to a Fergus Falls man for an ice rescue back in March. A cold, rainy, and windy Saturday kept anglers to a minimum.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) attended training at Camp Ripley. Nuisance bear have been a popular subject this week along with nuisance beaver. ATV and AIS activity was worked.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement efforts checking fishermen, boaters, and AIS activity. Complaints were handled regarding untagged minnow traps, over limits of fish, and abandoned fawn deer. Please leave the fawn deer alone, the mother will come back for them. Complaints of illegal ATV operation on the Central Lakes State Trail were also handled.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, and ATV?s. Nuisance beaver complaints were received and looked into. Deer hunting investigations took place during the week also.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked fishing activity this week despite cold and windy conditions. Overall angler compliance was very good. An incident of a boat lift being brought into an access covered with zebra mussels was handled. The subject said it was pressure washed beforehand, but in every corner there were hundreds of juvenile zebra mussels attached. To make matters worse, this same person was warned for an AIS violation last summer by Officer Lawler; enforcement action is pending.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement on and around area waterways. Additional time was spent working ORV, fire, and turkey hunting activity. CO Johanson and other area conservation officers worked a poaching complaint where a search warrant was executed. Several evidentiary items were seized and the investigation is ongoing.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing, boat and water safety, and AIS enforcement. Miscellaneous wildlife calls were resolved and minnow transportation permits issued.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts checking fishermen, boaters, and working AIS enforcement. A complaint of a fisherman taking an over limit of walleye over 20? was investigated. CO Anderson attended an LGU / TEP meeting regarding possible draining of wetlands and waters violations. Calls from the public were fielded regarding fishing questions, nuisance animal complaints, and a call on an injured bird.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, and monitoring AIS compliance. Additional time was spent on nuisance beaver issues and attempting to locate an injured loon.