District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2015-04-14

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week handling calls concerning wildlife issues. Calls regarding wolf depredations upon dogs and cattle were investigated. A report of a possible wild hog was investigated and advised DNR Wildlife personnel. Duluth Police Department assisted with a bear that was climbing a tree in a residential area and came into contact with a power line. Wild fires and structure fires were investigated and assistance was provided to St. Louis County on a couple large fires in the area. ATV complaint areas were worked. Calls regarding trout stream and Lake Superior angling were handled. Officer Schmidt assisted St. Louis County with a crash involving injuries.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported fire conditions in the area were very high. The officer responded to several out of control fires over the past week. A few smelters are showing up on Park Point and along the North Shore. Lake Superior trout fishermen were also checked for compliance. A couple ATV violation were encountered and enforcement action taken.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to work fishing enforcement along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Several fishermen were also checked fishing in local tributaries. Officer Duncan responded to several local wildfires and assisted with enforcement while on scene. A variety of wildlife calls were fielded during the week and many telephone calls were returned. Smelting activity was also monitored.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, off-highway vehicle and fire enforcement throughout the week. CO Humphrey monitored area lakes for ice out and fish run activity. Most area lakes were free of ice over the weekend. CO Humphrey checked shore angling activity on the St. Louis River in Cloquet. CO Humphrey patrolled area State Parks and in the Fond Du Lac State Forest where road/trail closures are in effect. CO Humphrey attended a DNR listening session in Chisholm with other district officers. CO Humphrey received calls on burning, nuisance animal, and firearms safety. Angling and OHV violations were encountered

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked extra patrols in the area state parks. Enforcement action was taken for no vehicle permit and allowing dogs off leash. A tip call resulted in charges on two individuals that were shooting a turkey from the back of their pickup truck off of the road. An individual witnessed the violation and reported it to the TIP line. Enforcement action was taken on both individuals for trespass, take turkey out of season, transport loaded uncased firearm, and discharging a firearm at a wild animal from a motor vehicle. Assistance was given at detector dog testing in New Ulm where 84 dogs were tested on their abilities to search and find the odors that they are trained on. With the warmer weather, time was also spent getting equipment ready for the summer season.