District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2015-05-19


CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports angling pressure remains high in the area with reports of over limits taken. A litter complaint was also handled with follow-up needed. AIS information was provided to anglers and boaters.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked area fishermen and boating enforcement through the week. Plautz swapped out equipment in Bemidji and worked on a trapping compliant. Nuisance beaver permits were issued as well. Investigation of a large muskie killed by bow fishing is being conducted. Any information on this violation is much appreciated.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity checking fishermen, boaters and AIS compliance. Complaints were handled regarding bear in the area and dead fish rotting on the creek banks. Nuisance beaver complaints were dealt with along with working on a FAS clinic.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) focused enforcement activities on checking fishermen, boaters, ATV operators and AIS compliance. Additional time was spent working on crappie overlimit complaints and handling a complaint on a dogs chasing deer situation. The dog?s owners were located and the appropriate action was taken.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked sport fishermen this past week. Compliance with licenses and PFDs was very good. Time was also spent working AIS enforcement, garbage burning complaints as well as answering questions about youth operating watercraft.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work fishing and boating enforcement on area waterways. AIS enforcement and education continues to be a priority and time was spent following up on suspected violations from watercraft inspectors. Additional time was spent patrolling for turkey hunting activity, monitoring ATV and fire activity, and following up on nuisance beaver activity and a suspected wetland impact. Use of force training was instructed in the metro area.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on anglers, boating safety and AIS law compliance. One subject was cited for fishing without a license while his privileges were suspended for failing to pay fines. A possible wetland violation received from the enforcement aviation section was investigated. The incident was forwarded to the local LGU for a possible WCA violation. Enforcement action was taken for burning prohibited materials at a local farm place. A call was received regarding a deer that appeared healthy, but died in a person?s yard. RMS questions were handled for local COs and calls from the public were also handled including a dead deer, goose depredation permits, a road-killed otter and nuisance beaver.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) spent the week checking fishermen, boaters, and monitoring AIS compliance. Additional time was spent checking ATV operators, turkey hunters, investigating a public waters complaint, and responding to injured animal calls.

Wheaton - vacant.