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Published August 16, 2010, 02:59 PM

DNR Enforcement report: Bear baiting begins, fishing and boating enforcement etc.

Conservation officer Stuart Bensen (Erskine)reports slow angling activity. Bear baiting has started.

By: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Aug. 16:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) presented the law and ethics portion of a Firearms Safety Class in Badger. He monitored area angling, boating and recreational vehicles. Fishing success has picked up on the Roseau River. He also assisted with a search warrant in the Williams area.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River during the past week. Most anglers report that fishing has been fair. Officer Birchem gave a boat and water safety presentation to local kids at Zippel Bay State Park. He also noted that blueberries and mushrooms appear to be done for the season.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to an injured deer complaint, issued special beaver permits and checked local anglers. He testified for a court trial from the past deer season, assisted BCA with warrant services and conducted equipment maintenance. Officer Woinarowicz also investigated complaints of early bear baits.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) conducted boat and water safety checks on the Red Lake and Thief rivers. She checked anglers, who reported few fish being caught. Officer Warren checked boats for vegetation and plug removal and provided information on invasive species. Officer Warren received a call and initiated an investigation into a possible grey wolf depredation. She also monitored bear baiting activity and checked many off-road vehicles over the weekend. Enforcement action was taken for operation without safety certification.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) received reports of injured animals, including an osprey and loon, and several bear damage complaints. He also worked on an over limit complaint on an area panfish lake and worked a special boat and water project on Upper Red Lake. Enforcement action was taken for failing to display valid registration.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) checked bear bait stations throughout the area. He also investigated an ATV complaint near the Waskish area and issued an ATV permit.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) spent the week monitoring fishing and bear baiting activity. Fishing continues to be good on Lake of the Woods with anglers reporting the best fishing in 32-34 feet of water. Officer Gorecki checked bear baiting stations and guides, who reported little activity in the first few days. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, illegal length walleye, overlimit of walleye, and illegal bear bait stations.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports slow angling activity. Bear baiting has started. Nuisance animal issues were addressed. Area duck numbers appear to be down but many Canada geese are in the area.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked boaters, anglers and ATVs. Complaints of altering the course of a river and trespass were investigated. Nuisance bear, beaver, and wolf complaints continue. A number of bear hunters called, looking for the bear hunting regulation booklet. The bear hunting regulations are no longer printed but available on the DNR Website.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) assisted DNR Waters and Trails personnel with a dispute between two lake associations. Water levels, flow, and water quality were at issue. Anglers and boaters were checked. A complaint of PWCs operating on the Otter Tail River was investigated.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) participated in the Gateway to the Outdoors Event at Buffalo River State Park. Activities included archery, fishing, camping, and orienteering. Complaints of over limits of fish, camping on a public access and ATV trespass were investigated. Lake activity was low due to high winds and cooler temperatures. Deer hunters are reminded to apply for antlerless permits before the deadline.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) monitored ATV, angling and boating activity. A complaint of a cabin owner shooting ducks was investigated. The cabin owner admitted to shooting at ducks with a BB gun to scare the ducks away. Use of Force instructor duties were completed, and a two year old case was heard in court.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked boaters and anglers. Aquatic Plant Removal Permit sites were inspected, and ATV trespass and litter complaints in WMAs and state parks were investigated.

Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson investigated aquatic plant removal issues from an infested waters lake and worked with DNR Watercraft Inspectors on infested waters. Hanson worked with Otter Tail and Beltrami county officials on wetland alteration issues. DNR Waters hydrologists were assisted with old waters violation cases. Enforcement action was taken watercraft and ATV operation violations, and transporting aquatic plants.

Bemidji #1 - vacant.

Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew ring neck duck telemetry and Leech Lake boat surveys.