District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2015-07-14

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week working area lakes and rivers. ATV complaint areas were worked, complaints of wolf depredations were investigated and bear complaints were also handled.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent the majority of time working anglers and recreational boaters. Time was also spent working invasive species regulations. Still too many boaters are being seen transporting watercraft with drain plugs in place. One boater was stopped and found to be unknowingly transporting tens of gallons of water in the bottom of his boat. He had just come from a lake that was infested with invasive species.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued working fishing and boating enforcement in and around the Duluth area. Other enforcement work consisted of AIS, ATV, and OHM in past problem and complaint areas. Several bear complaints were received and other nuisance wildlife complaints were handled. Officers Duncan and Olson made two warrant arrests after contacting a fisherman for illegal fishing. One of the individual had a $40,000 arrest warrant.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended a meeting at Camp Ripley to get ready to teach trapping enforcement to the newly hired officers. Another meeting was attended on the DNR K9 unit and new computer training was attended in St. Paul. A wetland complaint was investigated where a resource protection notice was issued after a new constructed driveway was being put in across a wetland. Boating, ATV and fishing activity was checked in the area. Enforcement action was taken for operating on the road, angle without license in possession, angling without a license, angle with an extra line, use game fish as bait, and transporting watercraft with plug still in. A wolf depredation complaint was investigated in the Kettle River area.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Scott worked with local Officers in the Duluth area for the July 4th Holiday Weekend. He checked anglers on area lakes and rivers as well as boaters and those just enjoying the day. Enforcement action was taken for Gunwale riding; fail to display current registration, no registration, no fishing license, unattended line, operating ATV/OHM on roadways. Boating activity was monitored on area lakes for fireworks displays celebrating the 4th. Officer Scott staffed a booth with Minnesota Sea Grant folks at the Two Harbors Festival in Two Harbors. Discussions on AIS and general DNR law were addressed.