District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2015-01-27

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent time checking anglers on area lakes and rivers. A timber theft trespass was investigated along with recreational trespass from a snowmobile trail. Complaints of ATV operation on snowmobile trails have been investigated and trail heads worked.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) had another busy week on area lakes. Northern pike and pan fish are being caught. Angle with extra line, angle without license in possession, operate unregistered ATV, operate unregistered snowmobile, operate ATV with improper display, no shelter license, want and waste of a game fish and liter are all violations encountered during the week. The officer also assisted with the recovery of a stolen recreational vehicle.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to work fishing enforcement on area lakes. Some snowmobile enforcement was also worked during the week. Several telephone calls were returned. A trapping investigation continues to be worked. Officer Duncan assisted USFWS Special Agent with an investigation. Officer Duncan also assisted area wildlife offices with miscellaneous wildlife calls and complaints during the week.

COJeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked angling activity on area lakes throughout the week. Angler reports varied from a fair to good bite on pan fish and northern pike. CO Humphrey continued to check several traps in the area for compliance. CO Humphrey received calls of an injured eagle and incidental caught fisher. CO Humphrey spent time preparing for a conservation officer career presentation. CO Humphrey processed evidence from a closed big game case. CO Humphrey attended a funeral service for retired Conservation Officer Russ Johannsen. Violations for fish house identification, licensing, OHV and Snowmobile registration, fail to transfer ownership and angling with extra lines were encountered.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports angling activity up in the area because of nice weather. There are some fish being caught on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and angling without a license in possession. Some snaring activity was worked in the area. Enforcement action was taken for illegally set and untagged snares. One incidentally caught wolf was turned over to the US fish and Wildlife Service. K9 training was conducted with Schody in preparation for an upcoming school.

WREO Mike Scott attended a meeting with other LGU folks reference a WCA and Public Waters Violation in Grand Marias area. Reconstruction of a local road culvert resulted in some impact to area wetlands and public waters. Officer Scott attended the Minneapolis Boat Show staffing an AIS booth with DNR Eco Services and Boat Water folks talking to those at the show about AIS issues and the new trailer sticker training that is on the horizon. Over 500 people stopped by the booth with information shared with all.