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Minnesota DNR Hunting Violation Reports

January. 6, 2011

Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Reports

DNR report:

Reports filed Sunday by conservation officers for the Minnesota DNR.

Kipp Duncan (Duluth) Several calls were handled during the week involving deer hunting. A few trapping issues were also worked.

Matt Miller (Lake Superior) Enforcement action taken for snowmobile and angling violations.

Complaints have been taken regarding dogs running deer.


Here are this week's reports filed by conservation officers across Northeastern Minnesota.


CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked snowmobiles and anglers, handled two accidentally caught fisher, and dealt with an injured moose call with CO Frericks and the Area Wildlife Manager. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, and a number of fish house and snowmobile violations.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) checked ice anglers and snowmobilers throughout the week. Ice thicknesses are up to 18 inches on many of the area lakes, yet fishing success remains on the slow side. Trails are in excellent condition and did not see much use in the past week. Confiscated furs were donated to the tanned fur project and will be used for educational purposes.

CO Randy Patten (Northome) took care of some equipment needs, checked anglers and ice conditions on area lakes, handled accidentally caught furbearers, patrolled snowmobile trails and assisted with the White Oak Classic dog sled race.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked snowmobile activity with many sleds out enjoying the fresh snow. Enforcement action was taken by CO Sutherland for unregistered snowmobiles and operating on a public road right of way. Enforcement action was taken for one individual who decided to angle with more than 2 lines and action was taken for unmarked angling shelters.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, trappers, cross country ski trails and snowmobiles. He also handled trapping and snowmobile complaints during the week.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) attended a court hearing on a black bear case from September which resulted in guilty pleas by the offenders. CO Humphrey signed complaints for charging on deer season cases from November. Violations for misc. angling, fish house, and snowmobile equipment violations were encountered.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton). A large amount of confiscated furs was given to the Minnesota Trapper’s Association Tanned Fur Project which tans the furs and gives them to educational facilities in the state for educational purposes.

CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) took enforcement action or angling violations.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) Injured deer complaints handled with in the City of Duluth.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) A trapper reported that a wolf was caught in one of his snares. Upon finding the snare site, it was discovered that the rest of the pack had devoured most of their restrained companion, leaving only a head and hind legs.

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