Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 60

North Dakota Trends in Wildlife Violations Citation numbers are down since the Bakken has slowed, but there are always consistent violations that appear regularly W hen it comes to keeping tabs on fish and game law violators, it’s apparent North Dakota wardens are busy. For some folks, it’s not hard to get into trouble out there. Activity in the outdoor world of North Dakota, both good and bad, has slowed in western North Dakota since oil activity in the Bakken has been harnessed, but rest assured, the drug business remains alive and prospering, even though it doesn’t necessarily affect the business of protecting wildlife laws. Then again it might. Take for instance, the number of citations issued in the past six years for “Minor in Possession” by game wardens. Overall, since 2010, with the exception of 2014 for which no category breakdown was available, this category has comprised 46 percent of the violations under “miscellaneous” infractions. Citations for “minors in possession” are the most frequent in the more than 90 categories the past half dozen years. They include not only alcohol, but possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Dakota Country staff report Citation Numbers Climb In the past several years, Left, district game warden Jackie Lundstrom, Bismarck, checks hunter’s license. ND Game and Fish photo. Top, a favorite target of vandals. Page 60, Dakota Country, October 2016 www.dakotacountrymagazine.com