Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2017-07-17

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports typical summer activity in the area. Special beaver permits were issued for critters plugging outlets. Enforcement action was taken for AIS, angling, and boating violations. Time was also spent assisting other law enforcement agencies on calls for service.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) continues to work on wetland violation complaints along with AIS enforcement, fishing, and boating. CO Plautz assisted with multiple interviews on an ongoing case and issued nuisance beaver permits. ATV complaints were investigated and response to multiple dead birds found in a yard were checked into as well.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen, boaters, and worked AIS enforcement. Complaints were investigated regarding fishermen keeping illegal length bass and several calls were taken of skunks and raccoons in people?s yards. An injured hawk was picked up and delivered to wildlife officials. Calls about upcoming hunting seasons are beginning as well.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATV?s, and AIS compliance. The officer worked with a DNR APM specialist performing aquatic plant inspections on area lakes in which violations were found with people running Aqua Thrusters excavating the lake bed, spraying cattails with herbicides, operating weed rollers without permits, and mechanically controlling aquatic plants without permits. Enforcement action is being taken on the violations.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent the week working fishing, boating, AIS, and litter on and around area lakes and rivers. Additional time was spent training at Camp Ripley and investigating APM violations of individuals removing bulrush from area lakes without permits.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working primarily fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement on and around area waterways. Follow up was completed on APM and waters cases, and time was spent working ATV and fire activity. Calls were received and investigated regarding a fish kill and beaver issues. Several days were spent at Camp Ripley armoring division firearms and training new background investigators.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing, AIS, and ATV enforcement. Time was also spent at Camp Ripley for training. Minnow transportation permits were issued.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on AIS enforcement, fishing, ATV, and boating activity. Several AIS checks this week found overall good compliance. CO Anderson and DNR hydrology staff worked on a waters violation along with a restoration order that has not been completed yet. The officer worked at the Appleton ATV Park and assisted the Morris PD with calls for service. Calls from the public were handled regarding questions about PFD?s, ATV operation, and fishing questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week were concentrated on checking fishermen and boaters for boat and water safety compliance. Additional time was spent training at Camp Ripley and dealing with nuisance beaver issues.