District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2014-04-22

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spent time checking early fish run activity and taking information on incidentally caught otter. Annual in-service training at Camp Ripley was attended and a complaint regarding a turkey hunter was handled. A laws and ethics presentation was given to a Fergus Falls FAS class. Trappers are encouraged to report any incidental caught critters while targeting in season animals.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) checked a few ice anglers and beaver trappers throughout the week. Annual in-service training was attended and the officer worked on an upcoming volunteer appreciation banquet. Nuisance turkey and deer complaints were handled.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. Additional time was spent investigating complaints of individuals shooting geese out of season and spearing prior to season. A firearms safety class was attended in Ashby and the station boat was readied for the upcoming open water season.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. Complaints of fishermen catching a swan and a pelican caught in barbed wire were investigated. Fishing activity was monitored in the area.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent time monitoring fish run activity this past week as well as the opening of spring turkey season. Enforcement action was taken on a pair of adults who had a fully loaded .22 cal. rifle sitting between them on the front seat of their truck; they were using it to ?shoot squirrels.? Lawler spoke to a marine mechanic?s class at Alex Tech School about AIS laws and regulations as they prepare for graduation. Nuisance Canada goose calls were also taken.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to monitor the angling and fish run activity in the area. Additional time was spent working ORV and fire enforcement, and follow up work was done on open cases and investigations. Several days were spent at Camp Ripley instructing CO use of force training.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on illegal ATV operation, fire activity and border waters fishing opener. Fishing was slow on the border waters. Many boaters still seem to be baffled about having to exchange water on bait at the access before taking it home to avoid a violation of the AIS water transportation laws. A WCA TEP meeting was attended at the Stevens County SWCD and an RPO was issued to an individual placing fill in a wetland. Minnow transportation permits were issued as well as calls handled regarding nuisance beaver, turkey season, WMA use and FAS classes.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) monitored spring fish run and beaver trapping activity. Time was also spent armoring pistols at in-service training at Camp Ripley. The officer investigated reports of dogs chasing deer, monitored AIS compliance, and checked fishermen with CO Miska at the border water fishing opener.

Wheaton - vacant.