District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2014-08-19

WREO Mike Scott worked with division personal in interviewing new candidates for the CO Prep Program. A meeting with all Water Resource Enforcement Officers (WREO) was attended. Officer Scott attended the Carlton County Fair in Barnum where a booth was staffed with the Minnesota Sea Grant folks to educate and discuss AIS issues with fair goers.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) completed ATV instructor training with the US Border Patrol. Time was also spent answering questions regarding upcoming deer season. ATV complaint areas were worked.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent time on the water enforcing safe boating regulations. Several boater were contacted and cited for either no or insufficient life jackets. A few recreational boaters were also cited for failing to comply with laws designed to slow the spread of invasive species. Seems some occasional watercraft users either haven?t been getting the word or just not taking these rules seriously. Reports of wolves chasing and in some cases killing calves were reported. A person called to complain about a bear that had been tearing down her bird feeders. This person was instructed to remove the feeder or expect the bear to return.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports working boating, angling, OHV, and AIS enforcement throughout the week. CO Humphrey worked boating enforcement on local area lakes and a detail on Lake Superior with the Marine Unit. Several calls, complaints, and questions were received about upcoming hunting seasons and ATV operation. Angling license, trout stamp, boating equipment, and OHV violations were encountered.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked mostly invasive species and boating enforcement over the past week. With nicer weather, there was lots of activity. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, angling without license in possession, insufficient PFDs, operating without required lights, angling with an extra line, and other equipment violations. There was good compliance with the invasive species laws. Other enforcement action was taken for operating ATVs and OHMs on the highway. Time was spent at the Carlton County Fair answering questions from several residents. Several hours of annual computer training was finished.