District 13 - West Metro area
Last updated: 2016-10-17
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked duck hunters and bow hunters in the metro area. He assisted a neighboring officer with translating a waterfowl case, and responded to animal complaint in Eden Prairie. He investigated a TIP complaint in Minneapolis on trapping squirrels, and followed up on AIS violations.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) served two restoration orders this week. Both of them were for illegal work in a wetland. A Thank-a-Deputy event was put on in Waconia by members of the public to thank the law enforcement officers in Carver County. CO Weyandt attended with the Wall of Shame, which was a popular attraction for the night. Kids from the local schools and daycares made thank you cards for law enforcement, EMTs and fire fighters in the area.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) checked anglers in Minneapolis and the Mississippi River. He worked the 2016 pheasant opener and the re-opener of the south zone for the waterfowl season in the Waconia station. He patrolled Fort Snelling State Park for trail usage over the weekend, Sunday alone had over 600 vehicles come and visit the park by 3:00 pm. He returned calls for service regarding hunting regulations, locations and dumping waterfowl carcasses on state property. He took enforcement action for transported loaded/uncased guns, unplugged gun, possession/using toxic shot while waterfowl hunting, unsigned federal stamps, no license in possession, and no vehicle permit in State Park.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking waterfowl hunters, fisherman and following up with complaints. CO Grewe also did some patrol on the Luce Line State Trail and did some equipment maintenance. Violations this week included angling with extra lines and license issues.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) responded to calls regarding closed season waterfowl hunters, shooting from a motor vehicle, and hunting in closed areas. Officer Leuthardt received several calls from citizens inquiring about areas open to public hunting. The MN DNR website provides a statewide interactive map showing public hunting lands including WMAs, WIAs and State Forests. While she is able to provide names and locations of public lands it is important for hunters to do the work and scout locations to know in advance what types of terrain and obstacles might be in their way. Enforcement action was taken on hunting in a closed season, shooting of protected non-game birds, filling a wetland, and various other hunting violations.
Bloomington - vacant.
Ft. Snelling - vacant.
Osseo - vacant
Waconia - vacant.