District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-08-19

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, and ORV activity. Nothing unusual to report. He assisted Leech Lake Tribal CO with removal of an abandoned boat and received information regarding illegal use/access of a state trail. He assisted Cass County with a call of an unoccupied boat on Leech Lake. The owner of the boat had towed a canoe and kayak to the mouth of a river and anchored the motorized boat, as the river was only navigable with a non-motorized craft.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and boaters. Some time was spent checking for early bear baits. CO Mathy also started training a COC. Enforcement action was taken for operate boat with a passenger riding on the bow, no throw device, no fire extinguisher, slow/no wake violation, and invasive species violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, ATV, and bear baiting activity. Angling success was moderate. Opening of bear baiting brought few bear hunters to the area. CO Broughten fielded calls concerning nuisance beaver, new ATV regulations, and the 2014 deer season. CO Broughten also responded to a disagreement between a property owner and boaters operating on a local lake. Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, operate watercraft without required navigation lights, and operate ATV on public highway.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked ATVs, boaters and fishermen. Halverson gave a law talk at Verndale and Leader FAS classes. Contacts for youth without helmets on an ATV.

CO Colleen Adam (OHV Recreation Officer Park Rapids) patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems and encountered the beginnings of unlawful cross-country travel by ATVs to place bait for the upcoming bear season. Please respect the state forest classification when utilizing the public land. State forests classified as ?Limited? require operators to stay on designated trails and roads. Assistance was provided on the road right-of-way outside the Brainerd International Raceway. AIS inspectors turned a boat away from one access only to have it show up at another access without proper decontamination; investigations continue.

WREO Shane Siltala staffed the TIP Hall of Shame trailer at the Douglas County Fair. Many hunting and other related questions from the public were answered. He also continued to follow up on current aquatic plant violations. Lakeshore owners are reminded that any destruction of emergent vegetation or vegetation control with an automated device requires a permit. He also attended a WREO meeting at Camp Ripley.

Remer - vacant.