District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-07-22

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked anglers, boaters and ATVs. Officer Hunter received a number of nuisance animal complaints and reports of OHM trails washed out in the Paul Bunyan State Forest.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) checked boaters and anglers this week and received calls on nuisance bears in the area. Calls and questions have been received and answered regarding the upcoming deer season from people getting prepared.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, and ORV activity. Nothing unusual to report. He received a complaint of high water on an area lake; the caller was referred to the area hydrologist. He assisted Walker PD with a disturbance call. He also received a complaint of a car driving on a non-motorized state trail. The driver of the car was stopped by bicyclists who took a photo of the car including the license number. In talking with the driver of the car, he said he was training for a marathon and he stashed water bottles along the trail and when he was done he would drive down the trail with his car to pick up the discarded bottles.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, and ATV activity. Angling success continues to be slow. CO Broughten continued to field calls of nuisance beaver. CO Broughten also assisted with the kids fishing derby at the Army Corps of Engineer Campground in Federal Dam. Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, no angling license, failure to remove drain plug from watercraft, transport aquatic macrophytes, and expired watercraft registration.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked boaters, minnow dealers, fishermen and ATVers. Calls were taken on wildlife nuisance complaints on woodchucks and bear in garbage and bird feeders.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems. Registration compliance was good. Water recreation is steadily increasing as the lake levels start to stabilize from high water marks.

WREO Shane Siltala performed a site inspection of an ongoing public water and wetland violation. A Restoration Order will be forthcoming to require the landowner to restore the damage done to the resource. Another wetland file was able to be closed due to satisfactory restoration.

Remer - vacant.