District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-07-15

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked minnow dealers, fishermen and ATVers. Nuisance complaints on bear and beaver. Contacts made for no fishing license.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked angers, boaters and ATV?ers. Officer Hunter received a call of a jetski and pontoon that had run over and possibly killed a young loon. Officer Hunter also received a call of kids throwing rocks at goslings from a bridge. CO Hunter attended a conference to help veterans become better candidates for employment.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, and ORV activity. He attended a meeting in Bemidji; had a question regarding the issuance of bear hunting licenses; worked AIS enforcement as part of a state wide effort of stepped up patrol for the weekend. He received an anonymous request to check on a public access that was blocked by traffic cones. The area in question is not a state run public access and is most likely a township road right of way.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked AIS, anglers, and boaters. The fishing bite has slowed over the past couple weeks. CO Mathy also processed evidence from prior cases and attended a field training officer meeting. Enforcement action was taken for invasive species violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, and ATV activity. Angling success continues to be slow; many anglers blaming the large hatch of may flies. CO Broughten spent time checking compliance with invasive species laws. Boating and angling activity was limited but compliance with AIS laws was high. CO Broughten also fielded calls of nuisance beaver and trespass. Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, no personal floatation device, and operating overloaded watercraft.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV rec.) attended monthly OHV monitor meeting and patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems. Registration compliance was good. The officer responded to calls of ATV?s on a closed trail, investigated trail damage, assisted on a wildlife harassment call and assist county on a medical.

WREO Shane Siltala performed a site investigation of a wetland violation with local SWCD staff. The wetland was within the shoreland protection zone and the landowner will be required to remove the illegal fill. Landowners are reminded wetlands in close proximity to public waters play an important role in maintaining water quality and are closely regulated. Officer Siltala also followed up on a floating bog complaint on an area lake. It is illegal to destroy or relocate a floating bog without a permit. Assistance was given to District 1 and 2 at an AIS checkpoint. Overall compliance was good. Enforcement action was taken for failing to drain water before transporting watercraft.

Remer - vacant.