District 14 - East Metro area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled Dakota County for snowmobile activity. Trails remain in excellent condition. CO McGowan also spoke at a firearms safety class, and at a turkey clinic which had new turkey hunters. Remaining ice shelters and litter on lakes was also noted.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) monitored area lakes as ice shelters were being removed and checked on complaints of litter left behind. Time was also spent checking anglers, ATVs, snowmobiles and cross country skiers at William O?Brien State Park. Enforcement activity included fishing without a license and cross country ski on a state designated trail without a pass.
CO Amber Peterson (Maplewood) reports checking area lakes for ice shelters left on past removal date and working with anglers on options for removal. CO Peterson conducted media interviews on Lake Jane. While on the lake, she checked a group of anglers and discovered they had kept a northern pike after the season was closed. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) reports that he checked local lakes for ice shelter removal. A few shelters remained on the ice due to heavy snow and slush conditions. He checked snowmobilers throughout the week. CO Johnson investigated reports of Snowy Owl baiting in Ramsey. He received a call on a dead deer in a yard in Ham Lake.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) spent time checking fish houses on area lakes. CO Pril checked anglers in Scott and Washington counties with CO Scott Arntzen. CO Pril responded to calls on fish house removal questions and other calls throughout the week.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) submitted a nomination for firearms safety instructor of the year. She assisted with a deer removal program in Ramsey County and handled nuisance animal calls. CO Kruse handled TIP calls including one where individuals were using tip-ups and taking northerns out of season. She marked fish houses and assisted with stuck vehicles on area lakes.
WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent the week patrolling for snowmobile and ice shelter removal activity. A safety committee meeting was attended at Camp Ripley and an interview was provided to a media outlet regarding ice shelter removal. Shelter owners are reminded to contact their local conservation officer if they are having difficulty removing their shelter ahead of the deadline.
Eagan - vacant.
Metro Officer - vacant.