District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2016-06-28

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) patrolled fishing activity including Mille Lacs where anglers are reminded that northerns and smallmouths have protected slots. Typical summer time boating issues were present like lacking enough PFDs and not turning lights on soon enough. Verkuilen also assisted with some river patrol where a lot of boats over 10 feet where lacking registration.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) reports windy conditions over most the week. Anglers were battling the waves in the warm muggy weather. ATV?s were in Redtop enjoying the trails. Nuisance bear complaints were fielded. Follow up was conducted on wetland violations in the area. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, failure to remove drain plug from a watercraft while traveling down a road and failing to stop at road crossings with an ATV.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) worked Operation Dry Water. Due to the weather, boating contacts were down. She found good compliance. Speldrich responded to an ATV accident in the General Andrews State Forest. The operator was transported by ambulance after hitting a downed tree across a trail. Several nuisance bear complaints were taken. Nuisance bear problems can be kept to a minimum if food sources are not left out for the bears to feed on. Take your bird feeders, dog food, garbage BBQ grills, etc., inside for at least two weeks to encourage the bears to find a new food source. A bear attack on livestock was investigated. A wolf depredation on a foal was also investigated. The foal is expected to live and the injuries were consistent with a wolf attack. Speldrich also issued nuisance beaver permits.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) took dozens of calls from worried homeowners that wanted to report black bears hanging around their house and trying to get into bird feeders and garbage cans. The concerned homeowners found that by putting the garbage and feeders away for a week or two, the bears eventually quit visiting. A majority of the week was spent checking anglers and boaters. One angler, fishing at a remote river bank area, made the mistake of leaving his marijuana and pot pipes setting on top of the car for CO Grundmeier to find.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week following up on nuisance animal calls and checking anglers in the Pine City area. He also spent time checking local state forests for OHV activity and monitored accesses for AIS violations. Time was spent on the St. Croix River over the weekend checking boaters and anglers. A majority of the people checked were canoeing or tubing down the river, enjoying the nice weather after heavy storms came through over the weekend. Enforcement contacts included angling without licenses, operating ATV?s without registration displayed, and drug possession.