Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Staff Report
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Fair weather keeps game wardens busy


Area conservation officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stayed busy on local trails, farms and waterways this past week.


Conservation Officer Bret Grundmeier, working out of Hinckley, said he offered assistance to ranchers who had depredation problems where wolves harassed cattle and took newborn calves.

He said that calm winds and warmer weather throughout the holiday weekend had lakes and ATV trails very busy. Panfish, bass and pike were biting well on many lakes. One angler was found trying to make the most out of a crappie bite by using four fishing poles at the same time.

The angler said to Grundmeier: “Sorry about that. If I’d known you were watching me I would have only used one rod.”

Pine City

Conservation Officer Ben Karon, working out of Pine City, also spent time this past week enforcing ATV/OHM issues in several areas in Pine County. He spent many hours boat patrolling for unsafe boating activity and checking anglers. People were educated about transporting water from area lakes and rivers.

Willow River

Conservation Officer Dustie Speldrich, working out of Willow River, received a call from a boater who heard a bang and then saw a Canada goose flopping in the water. After an investigation, it was determined the lakeshore owner had attempted to scare off a goose with a pellet gun because they were tired of them defecating on the lakeshore. The goose died after the pellet hit it in the neck. Enforcement action was taken for taking a goose out of season.

Speldrich took several ATV complaints in the Sturgeon Lake area and patrolled the General Andrews and Nemadji state forests. Enforcement action was taken for no state trail sticker on out of state OHVs, failure to display OHM registration, failure to display current ATV registration and under 18 without helmets. Speldrich responded to an OHM vs. class 2 ATV accident with minor injuries in the Nemadji State Forest, and urged drivers to remember to slow down when dusty trail conditions hinder their ability to see what is in front of them.


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