Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) gave a talk about the job of a CO to a local college law enforcement class.
K9 assistance was requested to help search for evidence in a case involving a bear hunter in the area. K9 Schody was successful in assisting. The case is still ongoing and under investigation.
A large amount of garbage was dumped in an area state forest. A search through the garbage revealed some mail with names on it. After contacting the owners of the mail, it was determined two other individuals were responsible. They were paid to take this garbage to the dump and instead dumped it in the state forest and pocketed the money. Charges are pending.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked early goose hunting and the small-game and archery openers.
He attended a 9/11 memorial in the Twin Cities honoring CO Eugene Wynn and other Minnesota fallen officers.
Humphrey conducted patrols in wildlife management areas and the Fond du Lac State Forest. He received calls about nuisance beavers, firearms safety classes and an injured deer.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) spent time afield during the small-game opener. ATV activity was heavy, but few hunters were out. Enforcement action was taken for juveniles without helmets on ATVs, operating an unregistered ATV, failure to transfer ownership and controlled substance crimes.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) spent much of the past week working area lakes and rivers. Small-game opening weekend was relatively slow for hunters but there was a lot of ATV activity on roads and trails.
A wetland complaint was handled, as was an illegal-dumping complaint.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports staying busy working bear, early goose and small-game hunters. She also worked some trespass complaints and an archery deer baiting case.