District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2016-06-28
CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports more rain and more rain and high winds, not really conducive for fishing and boating activity. Two individuals were injured in Voyageurs National Park, Lake Kabetogama during a storm when a tree fell on their tent while they were sleeping. Enforcement action for the week involved failure to remove drain plug while transporting boat and juvenile ATV violations.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports rain and wind over the week found diminished fishing activity. Fishing success remains poor with very few fish observed. Area forest roads and public access sites continue to be monitored.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers this past week. CO Velsvaag received several nuisance animal calls and questions about slot limit regulations. CO Velsvaag also assisted with a fishing complaint.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) assisted CO Bozovsky and CO Fredin with a case involving a deer that had been shot out of season, and illegally from a vehicle. The officers executed a search warrant and located the venison. Items were seized and charges filed. The officer also worked the Trout Lake Portage, and took enforcement action on invasive species violations. The officer also took enforcement action on watercraft registrations, angling without a license, and numerous floatation device violations.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling activity, state park enforcement, taught a Firearms Safety Class, handled complaints of a snapping turtle being taken out of season and a dog chasing deer, and spent a good portion of the week on a deer case. A deer taken out of season was investigated and after a search warrant was served, the two individuals involved admitted to the crime. A doe was shot in the head from the window of a motor vehicle (and roadway) and picked up hours after the shooting. The fawn that was associated with the doe likely died as well. Several charges are pending with at least three of them gross misdemeanors. Other enforcement action was taken on take snapping turtle out of season, no PFD, operating an ATV in a state park and no park permit.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) assisted CO Bozovsky with a search warrant on a suspect who killed and processed a doe that he stated was needed for food. He stated he felt bad when he saw the doe had a fawn. Time was spent checking boating and fishing activity. Received a call on a baby swan that found its way into an enclosed domestic goose/duck yard, the homeowner brought the cygnet back to the pond to reunite with its family.
International Falls #2 - vacant.