District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2014-08-26

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked fishing activity which appears to be picking up as the weather cools off. Also, lots of boating activity but as sunset gets earlier PWCs needed reminding to get off the lake and boats need to get their lights on. An ATV complaint was addressed where there was a concern for juvenile safety. Verkuilen also checked bear bait activity and investigated a complaint of suspicious shots fired.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) spent the majority of the week checking bear baits. The bear hunting season looks promising as most bait sites have been active. The officer checked trout, salmon, walleye and pike anglers on Lake Superior; few fish were seen. Boat and water safety compliance checks were conducted on Mille Lacs Lake and an informational meeting regarding the lake was attended. Enforcement action was taken for bear baiting with non-biodegradable items, failure to register bait stations, and burning of prohibited materials.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking bear baiters throughout the Malmo station. With lots of berries still in the woods it?s been tough going for quite a few of the baiters. ATV, ORV and OHM activity was monitored in the Solana State Forest, and riders should be reminded that you must stay on open trails only in the forest. A Mille Lacs lake informational meeting was attended during the week where data on Mille Lacs Lake was presented and also some questions answered. A call of bear in a person?s yard and refusing to leave was responded to and by the time the Officer arrived the bear had already gone back into the woods. A law and ethics presentation was given to some Firearms Safety students who were completing their Firearms Safety Certificate. Fishermen on area small lakes and Mille Lacs Lake were checked with a few fish seen in the bag. The Officer also assisted the local sheriff?s department on a loose cattle complaint and lots of ATV, fishing, bear hunting, and deer hunting related question were fielded throughout the week and weekend.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked a variety of bear issues, from tampering with baits to a bear that are bothering houses instead of the bear baits nearby. ATVs were found out in full force with riding on county roads being the biggest violation. A possible protection order violation was investigated. Lake Superior was worked, with an over limit of lake trout found. Boat and water patrols found very good compliance.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent quite a bit of time issuing nuisance bear hunting permits for the removal of bear that have been destroying corn crops. Many area corn fields are at that perfect level of maturity and bear have been gorging themselves on the ripening field corn. Federal trappers continued to remove wolves from area farms and cattle owners continued to report additional calf losses. Other time was spent working at the State Fair Information Booth.