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Conservation officer reports - June 12, 2019 - MessAge Media: Outdoor Recreation

Conservation officer reports - June 12, 2019

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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 3:45 am

CO Ben Karon (Isle) spent the past week checking anglers and boaters. Time was spent doing invasive species checks as well. Patrol for ATV and OHM activity was also done.

CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) worked ATV enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV without lights, operating an ATV on a roadway, failure to display ATV registration, expired ATV registration, failure to report the sale of an ATV, operating an ATV without a driver’s license and driving after revocation. Whiteoak also spent time working at the Turn In Poachers trailer at Father Hennepin State Park, assisting the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office on events, following up on nuisance-bear complaints and investigating a wolf-depredation complaint.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received information of a person camping in a state forest campground longer than 14 days. The person was advised of the camping rules. A report of inappropriate conduct was taken. An investigation is ongoing. Speldrich assisted with a youth firearms safety field day in a neighboring station. She also answered many ATV/OHM and watercraft registration questions throughout the week.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked the closed harvest season on Mille Lacs Lake and panfishing activities. ATV and trespass issues were also addressed. Extra line and boat registration violations were also found. Animal-related calls came in with bear concerns being heard.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) continued to spend a lot of time on area lakes and found anglers doing very well catching sunfish and crappies. Other activity included responding to complaints of wolves harassing cattle and killing calves. One local rancher lost three calves to wolf depredation within a one-week period. There was also an increase in nuisance black bear activity. Property owners were reporting adult bears and their cubs exploring decks, lawns, garages and getting into garbage cans, dog food bowls and bird feeders. One homeowner reported waking up to a bear standing on the deck, bellied up to the gas grill and licking up the grease from past cook outs.

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