District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports activity for week centered on snowmobiles, ice shelters, and ice fishing, activity was minimal with continued bitterly cold weather. Enforcement action was taken for operating motor vehicle on grant aid snowmobile trail, burning ice shelter on ice, and improper crossing of street or road. People are reminded that March 31st is the last day to remove ice shelters from border waters, considering the conditions. CO Kittelson?s suggestion is to start working on them now, don?t wait until the last moment.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports assisting a couple anglers with removing their ice houses from an area lake. Area snowmobile trails remain in good shape, however there are not many sleds using the trails due to the extreme cold temperatures.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, snowmobiles, fish house litter, and investigated a wetland violation and issued a wetland Resource Protection Notification. The officer dealt with a sick deer call, a dead wolf investigation and a citizen report of a mountain lion in Hibbing that the officer verified via paw prints in the snow as a house cat or a very small bobcat. The officer closed out a deer hunting case that entailed shooting too close to a dwelling, from the roadway and failing to register a deer.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a snowmobile safety class in Gilbert and held the riding portion of the class. Area snowmobile trails throughout the Virginia, Eveleth and Britt areas are in good shape but not seeing much use due to colder temps. Numerous anglers have started to remove their ice shelter from area lakes well ahead of the deadline for the northern third of the state. CO Frericks encourages owner of remaining ice shelters to get started and to take all garbage with them.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reported little activity was seen throughout the week due to cold temperatures. A number of questions were asked about the deer feeding program with people believing CO?s were responsible for feed allocations.
I. Falls # 2 - vacant.
Ray - vacant.
Tower - vacant.