District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2015-04-14

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling and trapping activity. Phones calls were returned for beaver issues and a public speaking request. The officer spoke at a FAS class and took care of some closed case files.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) reports the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission began doing adult walleye population assessments on lakes in Morrison and Crow Wing counties. Mille Lacs Band advised their intent to net on South Long Lake in Crow Wing Co. Several otters were seized from trappers who caught them incidentally while beaver trapping. CO Kuske found most trappers pulling their equipment this last week as fur values have dropped. Surveillance was conducted of fish run areas, both northern and walleyes are spawning. Several Class 2 ATVs were encountered operating on a state highway, enforcement action taken.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) assisted with an investigation regarding a possible hunting violation. It appeared strong wind deterred angling and watercraft activities. Agricultural and recreational ATV activity increased. Investigation continued on a dogs chasing deer complaint.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, ATVs, and trappers. Accidental otters were seized from beaver trappers. A large running grass fire was worked south of Albany, started by a fire that a guy thought was out. The high winds blew the top ash off the fire exposing the hot coals. Five fire departments as well as four DNR planes were used to extinguish the fire. Enforcement action was taken.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) issued a wetland Resource Protection Notice on a farmer that was filling a wetland with garbage and rocks and checked into a garbage burning complaint where a person was moving out of a house and burning stuff they didn?t want to move. CO Kuske has had quite a few incidental otter turned in by trappers and a citizen found and turned in a long-eared owl that is going to be mounted and donated to the local high school.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) last week checked anglers. CO Mies worked on checking trappers. Mies dealt with animal nuisances calls.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working on wetland complaints. Fishermen and trappers were also checked.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling activity. A ride along was provided for a Central Lakes College student looking to become a future conservation officer. CO Silgjord provided assistance to a local police department with the apprehension of a fleeing suspect. Silgjord located the subject and he was apprehended without incident. CO Silgjord also responded to several large fires in Stearns County where multiple fire agencies had to be called out. Assistance was provided to CO Thesing with the fire origination investigation.

St. Cloud - vacant.