Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2017-07-24

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled calls of citizens cutting trees at a public access, a DNR no parking sign and post that was pulled out and thrown in a lake, jet-ski?s running too close to shore and someone selling venison and fish on Facebook. CO Kuske gave a talk at the Upsala public library about living with bears and other wild animals and dealt with multiple parking violations at the Pierz Fish Lake public access. Jet skier?s operating too close to shore were educated and citations issued to boat operators who had youth under ten years old in boats with no life jackets on.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) attended Use of Force in-service training at Camp Ripley. Calls regarding illegal fires and a dead bald eagle were received. The Tip trailer was also secured for the upcoming Stearns County Fair.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked AIS, angling, and boating enforcement. Good weather had many out on the lakes. Assistance was given with the investigation of a large mink farm that had all their mink illegally released. Enforcement action for the week included burn prohibited material, no angling license, transport weeds, and various boating violations.

CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports investigating an aquatic vegetation complaint and checking weed roller permits. He also investigated a water pollution complaint that was referred to the county sewer inspector. Fishermen and boaters were checked on area lakes with enforcement contacts being made for towing a water skier without an observer or mirror and expired watercraft registration. Good compliance to fishing regulations was observed.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) took a report of four calves killed within the past three weeks. It was not determined what caused the death of the calves. The remains were minimal and picked pretty clean. A fishing complaint was investigated in St. Cloud. FAS classes were scheduled. Angling, watercraft, AIS, and OHV activities were checked.

St. Cloud vacant.

Pierz vacant.

Paynesville vacant.

Annandale vacant.