Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2017-07-24

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) monitored ATV and OHM (dirt bike) activity in Wabasha County during the Spring Creek Motocross event held in Millville. Heavy rain on Friday halted what would have been a busy day of contacts. Multiple beaver permits were issued to landowners, with one landowner having problems with beaver cutting down his corn stalks and using them on a dam. A big game case was investigated. A subject was contacted fishing without a license. Other enforcement action during the week included no license in possession, allow a passenger under 18 to ride an ATV without a helmet, and operate ATV without headlights.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly boaters and rec vehicles during the week. Details were worked with other officers around the AMA race at Spring Creek and the St. Croix River. Lots of people were out with the nice weather and various violations were detected.

CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) spent time patrolling pools 7, 8 & 9 of the Mississippi River. High temperatures plus five inches of rain made fishing difficult for those who ventured out. CO Fogarty also assisted neighboring CO?s at the Spring Creek National Motocross races near Millville, MN. Citations and warnings were issued for OHM and ATV violations.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent time checking fishermen and boaters on the Mississippi River. Assistance was given to the Goodhue County Sheriff?s Office during a vehicle recovery operation on the river. Time was also spent working ATV and off-highway motorcycle enforcement at the Spring Creek Motocross track for the Pro Nationals. As a reminder, off-highway motorcycles are not allowed to be operated on the road unless licensed and outfitted to do so. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession, operate an unregistered ATV/OHM, allow unlawful operation by a juvenile, operate an OHM on public roads rights of way, no headlight, and too many passengers for Class 2 ATV.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the majority of the week patrolling for sport fishing. Additional efforts were spent conducting interviews for two unrelated complaints. CO Seamans watched one angler fish with two lines for over a half hour. The angler caught several fish in that time and eventually decided to leave. When checked, the angler was in possession of both a bass and sunfish over limit.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a very busy week around the Mississippi River and state forest lands. Enforcement efforts were concentrated around exotics, boating safety, ATV?s, OHM, and fishing. Numerous calls, questions, and complaints were handled regarding sick or strange acting wildlife and some additional attention was also given to some escaped cervidae as well. Fishing on the lake and the river has been spotty with some doing very well while other have few or no fish at all.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports the heavy rain flooded area creeks but the river was only affected slightly. He investigated a complaint of a fish over limit and completed a deer case. CO Hemker also an attended firearms safety class and received several nuisance and injured wild animal complaints.

Rochester #1 vacant.