Conservation officer news and updates – July 2020

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CO news and updates – July 2020

Here's a look at a few ways that DNR conservation officers are helping protect public safety and natural resources every day in every county throughout Michigan. Explore past biweekly CO reports to see what else is happening around the state.

Officer finds missing 3-year-old northern Michigan girl

Last month, Cpl. Brad Dohm located a missing Emmet County toddler in good condition and reunited her with her mother. The child had walked a quarter-mile through a thick, wooded area and across a small creek, barbed wire, electric fence and a grass pasture.  

Poaching leaves two fawns abandoned in Baraga County

Officers in the Upper Peninsula are seeking tips from the public about a white-tailed doe killed illegally last month near L’Anse High School. Her fawns were later discovered and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Operation Dry Water: Happening now on water near you

Conservation officers are participating in Operation Dry Water, an annual national sober boating campaign. Officers will have an increased presence over the July Fourth holiday weekend to ensure everyone is responsibly enjoying the water.

Wondering which life jacket to use?

Michigan's life jacket rules state that every vessel (any watercraft that can be used as a means of transportation on water) must be equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices. The quantity and type of PFDs depend on the length of the vessel and number of people on board and/or being towed.

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect residents by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve. Learn more at

DNR COVID-19 RESPONSE: For details on affected DNR facilities and services, visit this webpage. Follow state actions and guidelines at