District 1 - Baudette area
Last updated: 2016-06-28
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working AIS enforcement, ATV/OHV enforcement and boating and angling activity on special regulation lakes throughout the week. Time was spent working boating activity for Operation Dry Water over the weekend, handling nuisance bear calls and issuing wildlife possession permits. A wolf depredation complaint was investigated but determined the loss of livestock was due to predation by coyotes. Enforcement action for the week included angling license violations, PFD violations and various ATV violations.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports that unsteady weather patterns and high winds have made fishing difficult on Lake of the Woods. CO Prachar was involved with Take a Kid Fishing Day. He also helped escort the Hunters Helping Heroes Fishing Trip to their destination at Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken on numerous drain plug violations. Angling activity was worked as well as ATV enforcement.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked angling along with boat and water safety enforcement this week. Fishing, though slow, remains steady across the lake. Limits are not the common theme as anglers are reporting the majority of fish being caught were either too big or too small. Enforcement action taken includes: angle without a license in possession, no throwable legal lifesaving device and operate watercraft after sundown without navigation lights.
CO Hannah Mishler (Warroad) focused primarily on angling and boating enforcement on Lake of the Woods. Assistance was given to Ontario Conservation Officers on the border waters at the NW Angle. ATV enforcement was also done. Enforcement action taken for angling without a license, overlimit of walleye, angling with no license in possession, possession of dressed fillets on special management waters, no throwable PFD, fail to display registration numbers on watercraft, operating class 1 ATV on road, and no headlights on ATV.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports focusing on boat and water safety, angling, and ATV activity this week. Fish are becoming harder to come by on Upper Red Lake. Anglers are still catching a few fish but not many limits have been observed by the officer. CO Quittschreiber received a call from an individual who had picked up a baby fawn. The individual thought that the fawn was sick because it was on the road. The officer urges the public to leave wildlife alone and do not pick them up. They have a much better chance of survival with their mother than in captivity. The officer also assisted the county attempt to locate a suicidal individual. Enforcement actions for the week included: ATVs operating on state highway, juveniles on ATVs without helmets, no ATV safety, operating ATV with more passengers than allowed, failure to remove drain plug, and some boat and water safety equipment violations. A walleye overlimit case was also worked and enforcement actions were taken.
Baudette #2 -vacant.
Blackduck #2 - vacant.
Karlstad - vacant.
Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.