District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2014-09-16

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling, AIS and boating this week. Fishing in the area remains consistent with pan fish and walleye found in the creel. The officer took complaints in vacant stations concerning waterfowl hunting and archers in a county park.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) started training a COC. Time was spent following up with citations from the previous week and dealing with numerous wetlands and public waters violations. Due to the cooler weather there were few people out. Enforcement action was taken for people fishing with extra lines. During the youth duck hunting day, one child had an extra wood duck that he thought was a teal.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) taught the law portion for Swanville FAS and attended the Todd County TEP meeting. Investigations continued on APM violations. A prohibited materials fire is under investigation. There was low to moderate hunting activity.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) picked up a pelican that had died in a person?s yard in Little Falls and issued nuisance beaver permits for area residents. Complaint calls of ATV?s doing damage in wetlands were investigated with the ATV owner claiming they thought it was only a wetland if it had cattails in it. The ATV owner was educated that there are actually many different types of wetlands and not all of them have cattails in them. CO Kuske took a job shadow student from Little Falls High school for the day on Small Game and Archery opener with the student seeing a wide variety of calls that CO?s get. Many squirrel hunters were checked with the hunters having very limited success in the area.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this past week. CO Mies assisted Wright County SO with a pursuit. CO Mies worked archery deer hunters along with small game hunters. CO Mies finished up on a litter dumping case and checked goose hunters.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) reports an individual that was cleaning up an old farm place was cited for burning tires, shingles, and other prohibited materials. CO Kuske fielded a host of calls related to nuisance animals including wolf, bear, beaver and cougar. Three special beaver trapping permits were issued and two individuals are hunting nuisance bears. Goose numbers are holding steady and CO Kuske worked several late shooting complaints. Dove hunters have been finding success working fields with standing water and pond areas.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) attended an area Firearms Safety Class and gave a presentation on laws and ethics. Time was spent checking for ATV activity throughout the station with some infractions being found. CO Silgjord prepared for the upcoming bow season and checked on baited areas for possible opening day activities. Assistance was provided for a possible drowning victim on Middle Spunk Lake. The individual was located mostly unharmed.

St. Cloud - vacant.