District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2016-08-23

CO Randy Patten (Northome) met with a local landowner to discuss wetland laws and permitting procedures, handled nuisance bear calls, and worked ongoing cases.

CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked ATV, sport fishing, and handled miscellaneous nuisance animal calls. He patrolled state park areas, state forests, and public water accesses. He prepared for firearms and defensive tactics training for the division. Violations included ATV on roadway, no license in possession, and navigation lights.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked boat and water enforcement, monitored bear baiting and handled wildlife calls. CO Fairbanks and his K9 partner answered questions and participated in a K9 demo at the Itasca County Fair. CO Fairbanks and Si also assisted in locating a suspect that led the local police department on a high speed chase and fled into the swamp on foot. The suspect was located the next morning after he spent the night in the mosquito infested swamp.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked anglers and bear baiting activity over the past week. CO Sutherland took enforcement action for baiting bears with solid waste, hunter harassment and for angling without a license. Work was done with the City of Grand Rapids Police Department on individuals that were checked angling that had warrants and possessed drug paraphernalia.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATVs, state parks and campgrounds. He also checked bear baiters during the week.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) continued to monitor the bear baiting activity in and around the Hill City area. Several questions regarding the upcoming bear hunting season and legal bear baits were fielded from public. Nuisance animal complaints were also taken and followed up on. Enforcement action was taken for unlawfully transporting live fish.