District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a FAS class in East Grand Forks. Most of last week was spent checking anglers. Time was further spent checking boaters and working AIS enforcement. Various big game and small game cases were worked on.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked fires, boating, angling, wolf depredation and AIS. He responded to calls about a possible hazardous material spill, bank alarm and a wetland concern. ATV and FAS classes were planned. He also participated in a radio talk show and took a report of a car kill bear.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked ATVers and turkey hunters. He also picked up a dead eagle found in woodlot by young man who thought it was a great find.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked ORV and ATV activity on area trails and closed forest roads. An individual was arrested after fleeing in a motor vehicle, charges are pending. CO Vollbrecht conducted follow up interviews regarding illegal burning and assisted with traffic control during a large wildfire.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) spent the week working angling activity in Itasca Park and area lakes. He also followed up on ATV complaints near Becida.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting the Detroit Lakes Police Department with a young black bear that wandered into town and was chased up a tree in a residential back yard. The bear was within a few blocks of the elementary school and the DLPD requested the assistance of the White Earth Reservation Tribal Conservation Officer who was able to dart the bear and safely release it in a more appropriate setting. ATV patrols and increasing pan fish activity, as well as continuing fish run, kept the CO busy. Enforcement action was taken for taking bass out of season, no angling license in possession and bog removal without a permit.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports the week was spent checking fishermen and turkey hunters. The crappie action was improving with the warmer weather. Time was also spent following up on weed roller complaints and a talk was given to the Pelican Rapids firearms safety class about laws and ethics. Assistance was also given to the field day portion of the class.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling activity with most anglers having a few fish in their possession. A complaint of possible over limit activity was received. CO Warren assisted the Detroit Lakes Police Department with a nuisance bear within the city limits. Fish run activity was worked including calls of people spearing out of season. Trapping activity was worked including nuisance beaver complaints and incidentally caught otter. CO Warren also received a call of possible stop log removal on an area stream. Areas were patrolled for ATV activity.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week checking turkey hunters and angling activity in the Moorhead station. The panfish bite is starting to improve with warmer water temps. Many anglers were checked that were happy to be back in the boat fishing. However, the officer encourages excited anglers to slow down and make sure your boat is equipped with required safety equipment before you try your luck. A high percentage of boats were found without any lifejackets onboard. The officer would also like to remind anglers that it is illegal to fish for bass until May 14. One individual observed angling for bass initially told the officer he was fishing for crappie. However the officer obtained an admission that he was indeed intentionally fishing bass and knew he was ?pushing his luck.? Calls from the public included questions about firearms safety training, complaints on fish taken out of season, and an injured eagle. The officer also spoke at the Heart O? Lake Whitetail youth turkey hunt in Pelican Rapids where 15 eager youth were looking to harvest their first turkey. Enforcement action for the week included angling without a license in possession, operate watercraft without a legal fire extinguisher, fail to have legal life saving devices on board watercraft, fail to affix valid registration sticker, fail to display valid registration numbers, and take bass out of season.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked trapping, OHV enforcement and handled misc wildlife complaints.