District 12 - Princeton area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) and a Conservation Officer Candidate (COC) worked the final week of the firearm deer season in Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties. Activity was low over the last week with few deer being seen. TIP investigations were continued; several resulted in enforcement action. Enforcement action taken was for shining and harvesting antlerless deer in lottery zone without the proper permit.

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) worked the third week of deer season in Mille Lacs and Kanabec Counties, investigated trespass and carcass dumping complaints. Officer Londgren received a call of an injured swan and upon arrival noticed that it was entangled in twine around its leg that was froze into the ice, she was able to get to the bird by canoe to cut it free and also seen it had fishing line around its beak. The bird was cut loose and seems to be healthy and able to make a full recovery.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked waterfowl hunters and spent time following up on several deer hunting complaints. Waterfowl hunters were faced with some cold windy weather, but were rewarded with some good waterfowl shooting.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) received numerous calls of deer carcasses being illegally dumped. TIP calls regarding trespassing were investigated. Several animal complaints were called in and car killed deer permits were issued.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) assisted the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Law Enforcement Officers with a big game investigation. They interviewed the suspects charges are pending for hunting deer over baited area, leaving deer stands overnight in the refuge, litter and transportation of an illegally taken deer. Officer Sladek received a TIP call of a shot trumpeter swan in the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge on the St Francis River. He responded to the area with the assistance of Sherburne deputy and the RP they located the violators with the illegally taken trumpeter swan. Officer Sladek interviewed the suspects and advised them of the following charges illegally taken swan, wanton waste and unsigned federal stamps. He also answered a number of questions about waterfowl hunting on the Mississippi River.

Princeton - vacant.