CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked lake activity as water temps and recreation start to peak for the year. A lot of non-resident vacationers are in the area and several have questions regarding AIS rules, Mille Lacs regulations, ATV laws, etc. CO Verkuilen addressed complaints regarding use of Wildlife Management Areas and ATV traffic.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen and boaters out on Mille Lacs Lake. Most were catching a few bass and muskie and some were just out pleasure boating with the nice weather. A ride along opportunity was given to a party who had an interest in becoming a conservation officer and many outdoor related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. ATV activity was monitored on state land and surrounding county land and State Forest areas were patrolled for illegal dumping. Time was spent on AIS enforcement throughout the Malmo station and assistance was given to a neighboring officer on an illegal ATV activity on state land case.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received bear complaints and nuisance beaver questions. She worked fishing enforcement and patrolled problem areas for ATV violations.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked on ATV and fishing activities. Lack of registration and unlawful youth operation violations were addressed. Fishing pressure has tapered off with the Mille Lacs closure, however, muskie fishermen were finding some action. CO Starr assisted DNR State Park staff with a case of live bait fishing off shore.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent time on area lakes and dealt with complaints of illegal shoreline restoration work. While at a local gas station, owners of the station reported a chicken running around the parking lot and asked for help removing the animal. The chicken proved too fast and attempts at capturing the animal failed. A few bystanders however seemed to find humor in watching Officer Grundmeier attempt to run down the chicken and one eventually hollered out, ?it?s OK Officer?.even Rocky wasn?t quick enough to catch the chicken at first?.