District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2014-10-29

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) followed up on trespassing complaints in the area. Time was spent working ATV complaint areas and trails. Small game hunters were checked along forest roads and most were reporting some flushes. Trapping opener was worked and trappers checked.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports another busy week. Reports receiving calls with questions about hunting rules, regulations and about the upcoming firearm deer season. A few calls of hunters baiting stand sites were also received. The officer participated in a trapping detail with other district officers. Hundreds of trap sites were inspected with almost no violations detected. The Officer responded to a call for assistance in apprehending a person who stole an ATV and was currently fleeing from the police. Along with a Floodwood Police Officer, Officer Hanzal located the suspect deep in the woods on an ATV trail and arrested the individual.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued with the final weeks of training with a COC. Officers took enforcement action on waterfowl hunters shooting late, checked a large number of grouse hunters and took enforcement action on hunting with loaded firearms in the vehicle. Officers investigated two separate incidents where dogs were killed by wolves in the north Duluth area. Officers worked a trapping detail with a number of local Conservation Officers and investigated an illegal dumping and a trapper harassment complaint. Officers also took enforcement action on illegal shining.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with a district detail and found good compliance with the laws on the water trapping opener. Time was spent working on equipment and getting ready for the fall and winter seasons. Complaints of illegal stands and hunting deer over bait were looked into and are still under investigation. K9 assistance was given to the St. Louis County Sheriff?s Office in searching for evidence in a case.

WREO Mike Scott attended a three day conference for the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth. The conference focused on aquatic invasive species and terrestrial invasive species with presentations put on by experts from around the Midwest and country. Valuable information was learned; new ideas and methods of dealing with some of these invasive species were discussed. Work on a background investigation is ongoing.