The following reports were filed by DNR conservation officers in the Mille Lacs and Princeton districts through June 10.
District 10 -Mille Lacs area
•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.
District 12 - Princeton area
•CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) worked at public access points on lakes enforcing AIS laws, checked anglers and ATV riders, spoke at a local 4H club meeting, and attended the new Hoffman WMA dedication. Londgren also had a ride-along, conducted commercial inspections, and worked with the local hydrologist checking shorelines.
•CO Nathan Benkofske (Milaca) reports checking anglers and boaters over the past week on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for angling without licenses, using too many lines, not enough lifejackets, and careless driving. Calls about beaver-related issues continue to be handled. A motorcycle crash was responded to and medical aid was provided alongside other local law enforcement officers and first responders.
•CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) spent time this past week checking anglers and following up on several animal-related complaints. Enforcement action was taken for an overlimit of crappies and angling with extra lines.
•CO Blong Lor (Center City) spent the week working anglers and complaint areas. He also spent time answering wildlife-related calls and responding to nuisance-animal complaints.
•CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) spent time patrolling state lands and waters. Additional time was spent attending training related to the nuclear power plant in Monticello. Enforcement action for the week included fishing without a license, operating a watercraft with expired registration, and operating a watercraft without a throwable PFD.
•CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week working angling activity and boat and water safety. Time was also spent patrolling for ATV activity. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing license, extra line, expired boat registration, no life jackets, illegal-length northern pike, and several no-fishing-license-in-possession violations.