District 4 - Walker area

Last updated: 2016-08-23


CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) worked bear baiting activity and located illegal bait sites that are being investigated. CO Sullivan also investigated cases involving a wetland violation and altering the cross section of a stream. CO Sullivan responded to a report of a timber wolf that was struck by a car north of Akeley. CO Sullivan continued to see a large number of anglers in the area and took enforcement on angling activity including angling with no license.

CO Colleen Adam (NW Region Recreation Officer) checked area forest roads and trails. Bear baiting cross country travel in limited forests continues to be an issue. She assisted in a search for missing hikers in a state recreation area. Contacts were made for registration issues and off-trail travel.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring ATV, angling, boating, and bear baiting activity. Anglers reported limited success. Recreational activity remained low. CO Broughten fielded calls regarding boating complaints, ATV damage, and nuisance animals. CO Broughten also assisted other law enforcement agencies with a pursuit, a stalled vehicle, and an ATV left in the roadway.
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked bear baiting sites, ATV operators and anglers. AIS details were worked. Public access and state park issues were addressed. Assistance to other law enforcement agencies was given. Enforcement action included angling with extra lines.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked bear baiting, angling, boating, ATV, and AIS activity. Time was spent working on two open fish over limit cases; one was resolved with a conviction while the other is pending formal gross misdemeanor charges. Two violations found in the Chippewa National Forest were referred to the US Forest Service officer. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.

CO Chelsey Best (Remer) worked a harbor shift in Duluth for the tall ships event. CO Best also spent time on ATV and fishing activity as well as monitoring bear baits and ricing activity. CO Best handled multiple wildlife calls including bear and beaver issues. An injured loon was also transported to the Garrison Rescue facility. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV on a state highway and for transporting a watercraft without removing the drain plug.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and ATVs. Officer Hunter responded to an ATV crash where two people were injured. CO Hunter received a call of a nuisance bear and of missing goats where the owners believed a wild animal may have taken the goats.