Conservation officers report sleepy boaters and cheating anglers

Highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers in the St. Croix River region.




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Two anglers seated by the river fishing at Franconia Landing. (Photo by Jean VanTatenhove, Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway)

CO Ryan Hanna (White Bear Lake) has been watching boat launches for angling and AIS issues. Hanna conducted spot checks for plugs, AIS, and other water-related activities. As the summer continues, AIS becomes more of an issue. Ensure that all water is drained from the boat and AIS are removed prior to leaving the public access.

CO Chris Tetrault (Maplewood) fielded calls on a variety of law-related topics. He responded to a call of a boat that was potentially unoccupied; the angler was found sleeping in the bottom of the boat from the night before. A trespassing complaint was taken and it was found that the property was public land.

CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent time checking anglers and working boat and water safety. Several violations were detected including no life jacket, expired registration, illegal-length northern pike, angling with extra lines, and angling without a license.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) followed up on Wetland Conservation Act violations. She took calls regarding an abandoned fawn and a nuisance bear. Speldrich also assisted DNR Parks and Trails with possible tampering of campground property.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) dealt with more livestock depredation by wolves. Several wolves were removed from farms after they killed a few spring calves. Black Bear were also out causing problems for homeowners who left bird feeders and garbage within reach. One homeowner ended up killing a bear after attempts to scare it away failed.

CO Ben Karon (Pine City) spent time this past week checking anglers and boaters. Information was given to people about aquatic invasive species. A report was taken about an angry boater who placed a note on another person?s vehicle stating he was going to “slash his tires” if he doesn’t park well again. Please keep in mind this would be illegal and ill-advised. Time was also spent on ATV patrol.


2 responses to “Conservation officers report sleepy boaters and cheating anglers”

  1. Allison Mcginnis Avatar
    Allison Mcginnis

    If the guy that was sleeping in his boat on public land, why was he issued a citation for trespassing? Maybe im looking at it wrong.

    1. Rob McManus Avatar
      Rob McManus

      I don’t think he was cited after they found out it was public land. Or they withdrew it.


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