District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-08-30

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working bear baiting activity. Time was also spent checking anglers and ATV operators. A presentation was given at the Crookston firearms safety class. A small game case was worked on.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) answered multiple fall hunting questions and wildlife complaints. He concentrated efforts on AIS, boating and a lake alteration concern.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) participated in use of force training at Camp Ripley.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) completed step 1 of field training with a conservation officer candidate (COC). Officers worked boating and angling activity on area lakes. Officers worked AIS enforcement at public accesses. Nuisance bear and wildlife complaints were taken. CO Vollbrecht attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked bear baiting, angling and wild rice harvesting during the week. Time was also spent checking experimental and special regulation lakes and attending training in St. Paul. ATV and AIS compliance were monitored in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) began training with a COC and spent some time showing him geography of the station. They worked ATV enforcement, sport fishing, and boat & water safety. Warnings were issued for no license in possession and for riding on the bow of a boat while underway. The CO?s found very good compliance over all for AIS, but one fisherman had to be reminded that he could not transport live fish or water from the lake when leaving the landing. Due to wind and rain, there were not a whole lot of boats out on area lakes.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) patrolled the BWCA and participated in Use of Force training exercises this past week.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time working bear bait activity. Area anglers were checked and information provided about legal angling practices. Follow up continued on possible aquatic vegetation violations. CO Warren attended annual training at Camp Ripley. Areas were worked for AIS compliance and questions answered.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring AIS, angling, ATV, and bear baiting activity in the Moorhead Station. Angling activity has been limited lately; however, those that have been fishing the Red River have been rewarded with a nice mix of fish. Calls from the public included numerous deer hunting, prairie chicken, and waterfowl questions for the upcoming season. A report of a dead swan was investigated and it was discovered to be a pelican that struck a power line. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and failure to display watercraft registration.