Water Resource Enforcement Officers

Last updated: 2016-09-26

WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the week following up on animal complaints. Time was spent talking to fishermen and hunters. High ATV use areas were patrolled. AIS law compliance was monitored with many docks and lifts coming out of area lakes. Time was spent working on open cases and taking calls and complaints on new cases for PW and WCA.

WREO Mike Scott (NE) participated in a conference call for WCA/PW/APM issues with other WREOS. Officer Scott assisted City of Duluth and St. Louis County with the MN DNR Air wing in conducting damage assessment for potential fire dangers in and around Duluth. Officer Scott checked waterfowl hunters on area lakes and rivers in the Duluth area. Hunters were out and those that made it had better than average luck from past years with all hunting groups contacted having many birds.

WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) checked duck hunters over the waterfowl opener. WREO Haberman also checked small game hunters and ATV activity around the area. WREO Haberman also worked on WCA cases and issued a cease and desist order for fill and solid waste in a wetland. AIS enforcement was also conducted.

WREO Keith Bertram (Central) checked duck hunters over the weekend and observed a high violation rate. One particular group of hunters were found to be missing licenses, plugs, PFDs, and also shot at a pheasant thinking it might be a duck. Citations were issued and it was suggested that the group conduct some law research before returning to hunting.

WREO Larry Hanson (SW) followed up on WCA and PW cases. AIS equipment was checked on area lakes and rivers. Opening duck season was worked with many duck hunters out on area WMA?s. Enforcement action was taken for license violations.

WREO Julie Siems (SE) worked a busy waterfowl opener with lots of wood ducks seen in the bag. A K9 demo was conducted and anglers and ATVs were also checked.