District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2016-07-12

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) followed up on a trespassing complaint with MN Power regarding remote campsites on flowage lakes. Time was spent working lakes and rivers for anglers and boaters. ATV complaint areas were worked. Nuisance animal complaints continue with bears in bird feeders being the most popular. The officer assisted railroad workers with an abandoned ATV and personal property left alongside railroad tracks. The officer also assisted Officer Kipp Duncan on a complaint of party shooting deer in his yard with a pellet rifle.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent time working boating and fishing enforcement on area lakes. Time was also spent working complaint areas for ATV activity. Other activity included investigating TIP complaints and assisting local first responders after a severe storm caused major damage north of Duluth. Officer Duncan also returned several telephone calls.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked anglers, boaters, worked OHV and AIS enforcement education during the week. Patrols were conducted in the Fond Du Lac State Forest and Sawyer WMA. CO Humphrey received calls on nuisance animals, unlawful burning, fishing rules/regulations, OHV trail concerns and operation. CO Humphrey continued work on a wetland investigation. Evidence inventory and transfer was completed.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked ATV and boating complaints in the area. Assistance was also given patrolling some lakes in the metro area where enforcement action was taken for angling with an extra line. Nuisance bear complaints continue to come in with the same advice given on almost all of them. This advice is to stop feeding birds and put your garbage away until pick up day if you don?t want bears around. Some aquatic invasive species enforcement was conducted at an area lake where compliance was found to be very good. Extra patrols were conducted in area state parks.