Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2017-07-24

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) received a call of a nuisance goose hanging out with a construction worker. Road construction was underway and this goose would follow one of the workers, even flying next to her car. The goose persisted throughout the day. Officer Plautz responded and captured the goose relocating it to a different area. The next day this officer received a call from a landowner (3 miles from where the goose was relocated) indicating he had a goose on his front steps and would lay under a tree with his dog. This landowner was concerned with all the goose droppings in his yard. CO Plautz responded to the residence but was unable to capture the goose. The goose found a peaceful resting place in the pasture near a pond.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked boaters, fishermen, and worked AIS enforcement. Illegal minnow traps were seized and nuisance animal calls were handled regarding skunks, raccoon, and beaver. Several calls have come in with questions about hunting seasons and scopes on muzzleloaders. Calls of ATV?s operating on the Central Lakes Trail were handled as well.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, and area lakes for APM violations. A complaint of a turtle trapper keeping undersized snapping turtles was received. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, no throwable device while boating, and ATV violations.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked water related activity this week. Lots of good contacts were made with fishermen and boaters. AIS activity was monitored at local accesses as well. Cases were made regarding angling without licenses, insufficient number PFD?s, and shooting at a woodpecker.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working primarily fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement on and around area waterways. Follow up was completed on APM and waters cases and time was spent working ATV and fire activity. Several days were spent on department Use of Force training at Camp Ripley.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing, AIS, and ATV enforcement. Minnow transportation permits were issued.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on AIS law compliance, fishing, ATV and boating activity. The officer continued to work with MN DNR Hydrology folks on a restoration order extension. CO Anderson assisted the Stevens County Sheriff?s Office by backing up a deputy on a suspicious call. Calls were fielded from the public this week regarding water skiing rules, dirt bike operation, possible abandoned deer fawns, and fishing limit questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week were concentrated on checking fishermen, boaters, PWC operators, and working OHM complaints. Additional time was spent monitoring AIS compliance, issuing nuisance beaver permits, and performing APM compliance checks. Nice weather over the weekend brought out a lot of fishermen and boaters on area lakes.