District 4 - Walker area

Last updated: 2016-05-24

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked anglers and off road vehicles. Assistance was given to the Wildlife Division, a training session was attended, and instruction was given to a Firearms Safety class.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) spent time providing firearms training for field officers. Two ?Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs? fishing programs were also attended assisting 4th grade classes with their fishing day.

CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) continued working on fishing, boating safety and invasive species violations. During a fishing check, CO Sullivan contacted two anglers who stated they did not have any fish in possession. CO Sullivan observed a stringer in the water connected to the watercraft and confronted the anglers once CO Sullivan observed the stringer move and small ripples on the surface. The subject was found to be in possession of a largemouth bass out of season and was angling with two lines. Enforcement action was taken on the angling violations.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers, boaters, and AIS. Training was attended at Camp Ripley. Time was also spent preparing a deer baiting case for trial and testifying in court; the defendants were found guilty. Other calls included a fire, injured eagle, and a car killed bear. Enforcement action was taken for slot limit walleye, not enough life jackets on a watercraft, unregistered boat, marijuana possession, and AIS violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, ATV, and boating activity. Angling success remained moderate. High winds on the weekend limited angling activity. CO Broughten responded to several wildfires and worked TIP calls. Training at Camp Ripley was attended. Enforcement action included: no angling license in possession, no burning permit, operate OHM within road right of way, no OHM registration, operate ATV on roadway, no ATV safety, and allow illegal ATV operation of an ATV by a juvenile.

CO Colleen Adam (NW Region OHV Recreation Officer) worked checking shore anglers as well as patrolling area forest roads and trails. Interviews were completed and reports processed related to investigations. Nuisance bear and road kill bear issues were addressed.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and ATVs. Officer Hunter attended training at Camp Ripley. CO Hunter responded to a grass fire that was getting out of control, received a nuisance bear report and took a call of a baby deer located with no mother around. Reminder: please do not pick up baby animals in the wild.