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Area MnDNR Conservation Officer Weekly Reports - August 8, 2018

District 4 - Walker area

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, boating, and ATV activity. Anglers continue to reported limited success. Broughten investigated multiple aquatic plant violations and also assisted with training at the Conservation Officer Academy.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily taught fishing regulations and enforcement at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley. Mathy responded to a call of a lost and stuck motor vehicle on a minimum maintenance road in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. Assistance was also provided at an injury accident in Walker. Enforcement action was taken for operating a motor vehicle on a non-motorized trail.

District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) assisted with sport fishing week at Camp Ripley. Sullivan also staffed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource booth at the Crow Wing County Fair. Most questions at the fair were focused on area wildlife and Smokey Bear treasures were provided to guests of all ages.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports assisting with sport fishing week at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley where new COs learned fishing laws and apprehension techniques. Time was also spent patrolling the SRA for park violations and also for illegal ATV activity. A few anglers were checked and many outdoor law-related questions were answered. Fitzgerald also participated in a District 9 aquatic invasive species checkpoint.

CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) assisted with an AIS checkpoint on Highway 169. Over 40 checks were made and enforcement action was taken for transporting aquatic macrophytes and failure to remove the drain plug. Other enforcement action this week was taken for underage ATV operation with no safety training certificates, expired registration and violating passenger rules for youth operators.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, watercraft, ATV and jet ski activity. He also assisted with an AIS check station along Highway 169. The violation rate was just under 10 percent.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) spent time assisting with training efforts at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley. McGowan also spent time working busy Crow Wing County lakes for boating and fishing enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boating and fishing violations.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked sport fishing enforcement, monitored aquatic management areas for illegal activity, and attended department training. Guida handled a car killed bear. Numerous enforcement-related questions were fielded at the annual Crow Wing County Fair.

District 10 - Mille Lacs area

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) followed up on a wolf depredation complaint. He answered numerous questions about upcoming hunting seasons, nuisance animals, no-wake zones, and burning. He spent time at the Pine County Fair answering questions and concerns from local citizens. Wynn also assisted with traffic control for the Pine City Parade, and followed up on a complaint in Kanabec County.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) assisted with fishing week training at the Academy. Several complaints relating to ATVs, OHMs and fishing were handled. Time was also spent working an invasive species detail.

District 11 - St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent the majority of the week assisting with sport fishing training at the Academy. Silgjord also assisted with use of force scenarios at Camp Ripley. Assistance was also provided on a call involving a suicidal individual.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) followed up on nuisance animal complaints and took care of monthly administrative tasks. Limited time was spent working angling activity in the area.

CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports checking anglers and following up on complaints involving public waters and aquatic vegetation violations. He also attended a wellness fair where he spoke and answered questions about watercraft regulations and safety. On Sunday he spoke at a youth ATV safety class in South Haven.

CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent time instructing at the Academy. Anglers and boaters were checked. Enforcement action was taken for license violations, insufficient boating safety equipment, and illegal-length northern pike. A public waters violation is being investigated.

District 12 - Princeton area

CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking anglers and assisting at the Academy. Krauel also did a law talk for a bear clinic and assisted local law enforcement on calls. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, no navigation lights, no life jacket, and no boat registration.

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) patrolled local lakes and rivers checking anglers and boating activity. Londgren also assisted with the DNR auction in Zimmerman and took complaints about nuisance animals.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV riders. Violations were found for no angling license and illegal operation of an ATV. Several animal complaints were handled.

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If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador or one of the Advanced Hunter programs, contact your local conservation officer or regional safety training officer. Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR website.

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Aviation Section

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) continued with aerial spraying of hybrid cattails by helicopter. He and the roving crew completed spraying on more wildlife management areas near Fergus Falls, Little Falls, and Mille Lacs WMA. Conditions were good, with lighter winds and little rain.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew wolf telemetry and also gave an annual low-level waiver ride to K31. Heineman also took a low-level wavier ride and tended to administrative duties.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports assisting with the Conservation Officer Academy during some scenario training. Jensen also flew with a DNR Pilot trainee and had a meeting with DNR Forestry aviation officials pertaining to new outreach methods to general aviation pilots about fire aircraft de-confliction. Jensen also gave another DNR pilot a low-level check ride and Jensen also received an annual low-level check ride.

Water Resource Enforcement Officers

WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) worked on WCA, PW, and APM cases in his assigned area. Academy help was given. Haberman also worked an AIS check station on Highway 169 in Aitkin County. Over 42 watercrafts were checked with a 9 percent violation rate.

WREO Leah Weyandt (Central) assisted with dispatching scenarios at the academy. Weyandt also assisted with an aquatic invasive species check station in Aitkin County. Enforcement action was taken for failure to remove drain plug and transporting aquatic macrophytes.

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Joe Albert, Communications coordinator | Division of Enforcement