District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-05-24

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) worked with District 1 Conservation Officers during the past week. Richards fielded questions on various topics and continues to work on complaints of over limit fish in his station. Turkey hunting questions continue to be common. Additional reports of people leaving dead rough fish in ditches and near public accesses continue to be a problem. Dead snapping turtles are being observed along the sides of roads.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) attended annual training at Camp Ripley and focused attention on fishing, boating and aquatic vegetation throughout the week. Another ATV class is scheduled and this officer worked with local schools getting youth registered.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement efforts checking fishermen, boaters AIS enforcement and complaints of fishermen keeping bass early. Additional complaints were handled regarding people shooting geese, ATV issues and beaver depredation complaints. In-service training was attended at Camp Ripley, a beaver depredation permit was issued and a complaint of fishermen keeping bass early was investigated. An interview with a high school student was completed for a student who wants to be a Conservation Officer someday.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, ATVs and OHMs. A complaint of a captive bobcat was investigated with CO Forsberg. The owner is providing proper paper work to the COs. A common issue that Osborne is seeing is the lack of life jackets in watercraft. This still surprises Osborne as life jackets have been mandatory for many years. A talk to a 5th grade campout was given along the banks of the Chippewa River south of Evansville.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent most of the week investigating separate cases of farmers killing geese on agricultural fields. Both instances were witnessed by concerned citizens who called the TIP line about what they observed. After considerable time investigating both and conducting several interviews, suspects from each case admitted to the violations. They both expressed frustration about the damage families of geese cause to planted fields, but were informed of the appropriate way to handle the problem. Anglers were out in force as well with great temps throughout the week.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on AIS enforcement, boating activity and fishermen. Officer Baumbarger was assisted with information on a possible over limit complaint involving both Stevens and Pope County areas. Annual firearms re-certification training was attended at Camp Ripley. Officers remind citizens to leave ducklings alone while they are young. Law research questions were handled as well as calls from the public regarding boating safety certificates, fishing license questions, goose depredation permits and small animal rescue requests.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, and monitoring AIS compliance. Baumbarger attended training at Camp Ripley and spoke at a kid?s safety day event in Starbuck. Additional time was spent investigating overlimit complaints, and complaints of carp being dumped in road ditches.

Wheaton - vacant.