District 5 - Eveleth areaLast updated: 2018-05-23
CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports fishing, boating, and invasive species enforcement on Rainy Lake and Rainy River were the main emphasis of work activity. A possible wolf depredation was investigated along with several nuisance animal complaints. People are reminded to have all necessary boating safety equipment onboard as it?s the law, along with the fact you never know when you will need it!
CO John Slatinski (Ray) fielded several calls involving injured and suspiciously deceased animals, assisted with a livestock depredation complaint, issued a special beaver permit and also noted an increase in complaints involving beaver related activity. Fishing activity was monitored and reports of increased success were heard.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) checked area lakes and angling and boating activities. Public access sites were monitored. CO Fondie also assisted the DNR Fisheries Division.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers over the opener this past week. Fishing was slower than expected but some nice fish were seen. Many questions on the new pike regulations and still getting beaver complaints, many from returning cabin owners. CO Velsvaag also assisted with a nuisance bear complaint and worked an ATV complaint area.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) investigated a wildfire this week where three structures were destroyed, luckily no one was injured. The officer also spent time on Vermilion. The bite appears to be picking up and reports of fish being caught in Big Bay.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked anglers, boaters, invasive species enforcement, investigated a beaver trap theft, continued a fire investigation, and worked a border detail in the Grand Marais area. It?s been some time since an angler used the phrase, ?I didn?t think I needed a license if I was only catch and release fishing.? The unlicensed angler?s rationale was wrong and he was cited. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, no license in possession, angle with extra lines, and a number of boating violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended the Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in St Paul as a member of the DNR?s Honor Guard. An incident where a landowner was excavating and filling a wetland was investigated and a cease and desist order was issued. CO Frericks worked on writing reports for numerous investigations that were completed. Several cases of litter are also being looked into.
International Falls #2 vacant.