Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2018-02-20

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports snowmobile activity in the area was high over the long weekend with lots of families enjoying the sport. The International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club held its annual Falls International Speed Run Against Cancer on Rainy Lake. Kittelson assisted Voyageurs National Park with a snowmobile enforcement detail, the Koochiching County Sheriff?s Office with a snowmobile accident, and also handled several nuisance animal complaints.

CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports the long holiday weekend and radar run brought increased traffic to the area. Registration issues and snowmobile driving conduct was addressed. He followed up on a TIP complaint and monitored an area where there?s an ongoing snowmobile trespass complaint. Slatinski also assisted an individual who is attempting to resolve an ATV ownership dispute.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports continuing to monitor area lakes and snowmobile trails. He encountered numerous angling and snowmobiling violations. Fondie checked forest roads and public access sites, and notes angling success remains limited.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked snowmobilers this past week and followed up on a small-game complaint. Trail conditions improved a lot over the past couple of days for snowmobilers. Velsvaag fielded multiple questions about snowmobile registration and how to display it.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, snowmobile riders and a fishing tournament, and responded to a call about a fight. He did a presentation on ice fishing laws at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center for new ice anglers. Bozovsky checked an angler at a tournament and discovered he was unlawfully using artificial lights to attract fish. The angler was cited for fishing violations three years ago during a tournament on the same lake. Enforcement action for the week included angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, using an artificial light to lure or attract fish, and a number of snowmobile violations.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked anglers on area trout lakes and found some anglers catching lake trout and rainbow trout. He worked Lake Vermilion and checked anglers coming off lakes in the BWCA. There?s lots of new snow in the area and trails are in good shape.