District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2016-09-26

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports sturgeon and walleye fishing on the Rainy River were monitored. Grouse hunters are still having difficulties seeing grouse with the foliage cover. Possible wetland violation was investigated. Youth firearms safety class and a youth trapper?s education were attended.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports typical fall activities underway. Bear and beaver complaints continue to consume officer time little duck hunting activity observed ATV?s and grouse hunting activities continue to be monitored, area forest road and access sites were checked and equipment work completed.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers and hunters this past week. The officer took multiple calls on trapping and nuisance wildlife. CO Velsvaag saw limited duck hunting success but some parties did well.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) worked a case of a boater refusing to submit to watercraft inspection. The waterfowl season opened, with few ducks around. Enforcement action was taken on open water hunting and loaded firearm in a vehicle. The officer made contact with an armed uncooperative male far off the main road. After a struggle, a lengthy stand-off, and supporting officers arriving, the male was arrested and faces numerous charges. Thankfully no one was hurt.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked the waterfowl opener and other on-going seasons, ATV?s, invasive species and state park enforcement, investigated a report of a deer that died suspiciously, and taught a Firearm?s Safety Class in Hibbing. The officer assisted area law enforcement after a suspect rammed a squad car in his attempt to escape arrest. The officer spent considerable time dealing with an incident where a park visitor?s behavior at two separate parks was dealt with, resulting in barring him from all state parks. Enforcement action was taken on no small game license, unplugged gun, possess toxic shot, no HIP certification, no small game and waterfowl stamps in possession, angling without a license, no balsam bough permit and a number of ATV violations.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) continues to receive complaints of bear problems in the Palo area. Reports of a sow with two cubs and a boar missing a paw breaking into sheds where feed is present. Ironically a three pawed bear was causing problems one year ago in Aurora; speculation is it may be the same bear. Duck hunters reported few ducks with statements of boring hunt to waste of time.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) worked this week with a Conservation Officer Candidate doing Field Training. CO Frericks and the COC worked on station geography and small game enforcement. Numerous nuisance bear complaints were handled in the station. Advice was given on how to handle nuisance bears; residents are reminded to remove any food sources. During duck hunting opener few duck hunters were seen out, and even fewer ducks were taken. Trespass issues were investigated and are becoming more commonly reported. Landowners are reminded to ensure their land is posted legally.

CO Colleen Adam (Ray Station) spent the week working with equipment related issues as well as checking sturgeon and walleye anglers. Waterfowl hunters were finding birds to shoot at. Ample leaf cover helping to disguise the grouse. Fall colors are happening quickly.
International Falls #2 - vacant.