District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-08-26

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked ATV, boating, early goose hunting and AIS efforts. Multiples calls about hunting questions and animals concerns continued to increase. He also participated during a local radio talk show. The highlight of the week was being able to witness firsthand over 40 previous FAS students put to practice their skills during a pheasant hunt/clays/archery event sponsored by local businesses and sporting clubs at a game farm.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked bear baits, goose hunters and wolf depredation complaints.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating activity throughout the week. Anglers are reporting mixed success on most area lakes. Follow up was conducted on a fence across a small creek preventing access. The fence was removed by the property owners. ATV activity was monitored on area trails and roads.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked bear baiting activity throughout the area. Time was also spent monitoring OHV traffic in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Questions were answered about the upcoming deer season. A complaint was received regarding wolves harassing cattle.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports attending training at Camp Ripley and patrolled area lakes as part of a special boat and water safety project. CO Vinton was accompanied for a day by a Frazee-Vergas high school student interested in becoming a Conservation Officer. The student observed aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection and angler compliance checks as well as assisted in looking for an injured deer. Violations included no angling license in possession, ATV on a county highway and no throwable PFD.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended training at Camp Ripley and assisted CO Bermel with a BWCA work detail enforcing boat and water safety laws and fishing regulations.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports average angling success on area lakes. Boating safety and AIS compliance checks were completed. CO Forsberg followed up on reports of illegal aquatic vegetation removal. CO Forsberg followed up on complaints of nuisance animals and took calls regarding the upcoming deer season.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity on area waters. The Boats and Bars event on Detroit Lakes was monitored but poor weather showed fewer participants then past years. A site visit with local gov?t unit (LGU) members was conducted in regards to a public waters violation. A complaint of possible trespass was received and being investigated. Follow up continued on possible illegal aquatic vegetation removal.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer (WREO) Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on AIS and Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) law enforcement. Time was spent meeting with area inspectors and checking compliance at public access points. Boat and water activity was also worked. Two days were spent at Camp Ripley assisting with training. Fishermen around the Detroit Lakes and Pelican Rapids area were checked.

Moorhead - vacant.