District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, and worked small game, big game, waterfowl, AIS, and ATV activity. Violations included over-limits of ducks, transport a loaded firearm, possess lead shot while waterfowl hunting, no bough buyer license, burn prohibited materials, no burning permit, no license in possession, no small game license, fail to drain water related equipment, transport aquatic vegetation, ATV?s on the roadway, ATV equipment violations, fail to transfer ownership of ATV, operate unregistered ATV, and fail to display ATV registration. He also assisted the sheriff's office, assisted with minnow dealer inspection, and answered wildlife complaints.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked waterfowl activity, investigated wanton waste complaints, monitored bough harvesting and worked shining complaints. More ducks have moved into the area. CO Fairbanks and his K-9 partner also assisted with locating a lost hunter in the Remer Station. A 21 year old hunter had gotten separated from his father while grouse hunting. Darkness and cooler temperatures set in and the hunter had no flashlight or cell phone. CO Fairbanks, K-9 Si and CO Broughton entered the woods where the hunter had last been seen. After following K-9 Si through the woods, over severe blown down trees and into the swamp, the cold, wet and hungry hunter was located. Enforcement action was taken for no navigational lights illuminated after sunset, improper display of bait harvester placards, expired tabs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substance.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) followed up on a complaint of wolves harassing cattle in the Cohasset area this past week. She also looked into and worked complaints of ATV?s operated on the Taconite snowmobile trail. She continues to work on a background investigation for employment.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked small game hunting activity including waterfowl hunters. One waterfowl hunter misidentified his quarry and shot a trumpeter swan. Enforcement action was taken for taking a protected species. CO Sutherland also gave an enforcement talk to a local college class.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVs, trappers, small game and archery deer hunters. He also worked trespass and hunting complaints during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) worked grouse, duck, and deer hunters and handled beaver complaints. Time was spent focusing on invasive species law compliance as well.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV officer) checked OHM activity this past week in and around the Mesabi Trail. CO Velsvaag also received a call on a fire and a trespass complaint. CO Velsvaag also checked grouse and duck hunters.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) investigated and tracked wetland and public waters violations and complaints. Aquatic invasive species work was done. Numerous hunting, trapping, angling and recreational vehicle questions were fielded. CO Arhart also responded to duck over limits and to swan shooting complaints. Anglers, duck hunters and equipment were checked for compliance. There was a lot of waterfowl hunter pressure, with some success. Perch anglers are doing well.