Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2017-08-21

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked bear baiting activity in the area, investigated a complaint of illegal camping, contacted anglers and boaters, patrolled ATV trails, and met with the County Attorney?s office for ongoing cases.

CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked ATV activity, boating, AIS, and sport fishing. He patrolled state park areas, state forests, made public waters violation inspections, answered questions, took complaints on various wildlife issues, and checked public water accesses. Violations included ATV?s on roadway, ATV equipment, and traffic. He also made a warrant arrest and assisted the county on calls.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) received the Kiwanis Community Service award, checked anglers, monitored bear baiting activity, and worked a detail at the International Falls Port of Entry. CO Fairbanks, and his K9 partner Si, also gave a K9 demonstration at the Itasca County Fair and assisted the Sheriff?s Office in locating suspects that fled into the woods. Enforcement action was taken for over limit of walleye, angle without license, flee on foot, and arrest for outstanding warrants.

CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) brought the TIP trailer to Hinckley, returned several calls, and patrolled the Grand Rapids station.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked end of summer angling activity with many families enjoying the nice weather before back to school activities. CO Sutherland attended an ATV safety class where he gave a law talk and attended the Itasca County Fair where the Wall of Shame was present.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) reports working anglers, boaters, ATV trails, and big game enforcement. Bear baiting continues to be in full swing throughout the area. CO Van Asch also spent time investigating a wetlands issue and fielding several nuisance animal calls. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, no trout stamp, no license in possession, and angling with extra lines.

Pengilly vacant.