District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-08-30


CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) attended annual training at Camp Ripley. Nuisance beaver permits were issued for areas of concern. Reports of bear hanging around in unusual areas were received and complaints of illegal fishing were investigated.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) took several calls on injured animals and car hit deer. Fishing, boating and ATV enforcement was monitored as well. Several calls on new zebra mussels in area lakes were handled.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen and boaters. He also worked AIS enforcement activity. CO Nelson took complaints on injured birds and raccoons. CO Nelson also worked an ATV complaint on the Central Lakes Trail. He received several questions about the upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) attended early law enforcement training at Camp Ripley. Fishermen and boaters were checked along with finishing up APM and WCA investigations. Several calls were handled about the upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Steven Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing, AIS, and ATV enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and angling with extra lines. CO Chihak attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. Minnow transportation and special beaver permits were issued. Time was also spent answering questions from the public at the Traverse County Fair.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused law enforcement efforts on anglers, boater activity and AIS law compliance. He checked a number of anglers that reported fishing was picking up with the cooler weather. CO Anderson checked complaint areas for possible illegal juvenile ATV operation. One contact involved a parent allowing an ATV to be operated illegally by a JV on roadways, no helmets, JV with a passenger and no registration displayed on the ATV. CO Anderson found good compliance with AIS, water and boat transportation laws as conducted inspections at area boat accesses. CO Anderson handled calls from the public this week about firearms safety classes, youth deer hunting, bear hunting questions and pheasant hunting questions.

CO Dan Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement activity for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, possible wetland violation, and aquatic plant management violations. Time was also spent at the youth outdoor activity day in Alexandria answering hunting and fishing related questions.

Wheaton - vacant.