The weirdest tales from this week's Minnesota DNR conservation officer reports

Featuring a snapping turtle in a port-a-potty.
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If you're not familiar with them, 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.

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

A snapping turtle's toilet trip

File this under "one more reason not to use a port-a-potty," courtesy of Conservation Officer Sarah Grell, in Grand Rapids.

She had to deal with a couple of snapping turtle reports this week – one of which was sadly killed by a driver, but the other of which was found in a "port-a-potty at a public access."

It's not quite clear how the turtle got into the potty, but in any case: Oh. Hell. No.

ATV driver dared CO to chase him

A reckless show of speed by an ATV operator prompted enforcement action in the Crosslake area.

CO Chelsey Best says that when she stopped the driver, he said he saw Best sitting off the side of a road and knew he was driving too fast, "but wanted to see if she was 'courageous' enough to follow at a high rate of speed to get him stopped."

Action was taken against him for his operation of the ATV and for there being no helmet on a 14-year-old passenger.

Man fired at passing traffic with shotgun

In the Milaca area, CO Nathan Benkofske was returning home from a Boundary Waters detail when he and his partner found a man "shooting at vehicle traffic from his lawn with a shotgun."

The man then took a shot at the officers, before being peacefully arrested and taken to jail.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

Snake's alive!

Another one for the "Yikes!" column, this time in the Winona area where CO Tom Hemker fielded several nuisance-animal calls.

One of these involved "a snake found in the passenger compartment of a car "days after the car had been used to transport brush to a dump."

Underage drinking on tubing river

In the Alexandria area, CO Mitch Lawler came across some unlawful behavior on the Long Prairie River, which is a popular spot for tubing.

He ended up issuing multiple citations for "litter and underage consumption of alcohol."

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