District 7 - Grand Rapids area
Last updated: 2013-12-10
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and trappers, tagged fur, and processed incidentally taken furbearers. Investigated complaints on muzzleloader hunter?s road hunting, trespass, and take furbearers out of season.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked small game and fishing activity. He assisted with fur registration, and patrolled for snowmobile and muzzleloader hunters. Trapping violations were encountered.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) responded to calls of injured swans, worked muzzle loader complaints, monitored trapping activity and worked snowmobile enforcement. The recent snowfall has brought lots of slush on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile registration issues and operating on a roadway.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked ice conditions and anglers this past week. She continued doing follow-up from deer season. She helped tag fur at the Grand Rapids fur registration station, which was fairly slow. She also did a taxidermy check. Enforcement action was taken for out of season fur and failure to maintain proper commercial records.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked trappers, small game hunters and muzzleloader deer hunters. He also worked on equipment issues during the week.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working hunting and trapping activity. Wichmann followed up on a case that involved an over limit of deer and lending a license. Enforcement action was taken for taking fishers during closed season and failing to check traps. Assistance was also provided at the fur registration in Grand Rapids.
CO John Velsvaag (Region II ATV officer) checked trapping activity and anglers this past week. CO Velsvaag also assisted with an ATV law class for law enforcement officers, and took questions on the wolf trapping/snaring regulations.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) followed up on county attorney, CO and staff inquiries on public waters and on Wetland Conservation Act cases. Road kill deer permits were issued. Two stranded swan calls and a slot fish possession complaint were received. Trappers are complaining about too much snow to check traps and dark house spearers report numerous limits of northern pike speared on Lake Winnie.