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A week in Minnesota as told by DNR conservation officer reports

Keep out of the beaver ponds, people.

If you're not familiar with them (or our near-weekly series), the Minnesota DNR issues every week a list of reports from its dozens of conservation officers patrolling the state.

The reports can often be fairly run-of-the-mill – issuing citations for fishing without a license, for example – but quite often they feature something unusual, or downright delightful. There's also the occasional pertinent PSA. 

Here's a look at some of the stories that stood out from this week's reports:

ATV "accident"

In west Brainerd, CO Tim Collette says he received a call for help regarding a four-wheel drive vehicle that had "slipped inadvertently" off an ATV trail into a wet area.

The officer says he determined that the actual scenario was closer to "an individual showing off to his passenger that he could drive his Jeep-type vehicle through a beaver pond."

"He got it buried, with swamp water up to the seats inside," he wrote. "After getting it pulled out, he got a ticket to go with his tow bill."

"My bait" 

CO Kylan Hill writes this reminder from Tofte: "Keep in mind that long-standing bait stations on public land are first come, first serve.

Hill took a report of a male party arguing that it is “his bait” and that he has been baiting it for many years. "This kind of behavior is unnecessary and there are many opportunities elsewhere to establish a bait station," Hill wrote.

Red-tailed hawk shot, breaks leg 

In Wheaton, CO Hanna Wood brings us this sad tale: "Wood took a call regarding an injured bird that turned out to be a red-tailed hawk that had been shot and had a broken leg. The bird had to be euthanized."

Wear a life jacket

CO Bill Landmark in Pelican Rapids says he assisted local deputies with a boating crash. As the boater made a turn, the edge of the tube he was pulling got stuck into the water, somehow overturning his boat, throwing him into the water.

"Fortunately, there were no injuries, but incidents like this highlight the importance of wearing your life jacket while on the water," Landmark wrote. 

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