District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-08-25

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) continues to monitor the bear baiting activities throughout the area with baiting in full swing. Questions regarding ATV use on surrounding trails were fielded and ATV complaints continue to be investigated. CO Van Asch also attended the annual in-service training for the division held at Camp Ripley.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area forest roads, checking access sites, and attending training. CO Fondie spent time with computer data entry and returning phone calls

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent much of the week working on bear baiting. The officer assisted CO Fredin with a TIP call on Lake Vermilion that led to an over-limit case. Officer responded to Aurora to assist PD with nuisance bear complaint. Officer also handled a couple of more bear complaints, residents were advised to remove garbage/ feeders.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) attended in-service training at Camp Ripley, worked bear bait station checks, state park enforcement, and prepared class materials for teaching classes at the Conservation Officer Academy.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke with a federal wolf trapper who was removing problem wolves from a farm where the owner suffered losses of cattle. The trapper reported removing 6 wolves from one piece of land alone. CO Frericks met with another landowner only about a mile away who is also reporting aggressive wolf behavior. Area wild rice beds are starting to ripen and some ricers are anxious to get out there. CO Frericks reminds wild rice gatherers to be patient and wait for the rice to ripen and the rice will be more abundant and of better quality.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) spent much of the week with division's yearly training. Numerous complaints have been received about a three foot bear causing issues throughout the entire town of Aurora. Fredin spent time on a TIP call on Lake Vermilion?s Cook Station that resulted in a citation and fish seized.

Cook - vacant.

Ray - vacant.