Conservation Officer Report: Aggressive Wolves | Environment
The Minnesota DNR provided the following summaries of last week's activities by conservation officers:
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) checked anglers on area lakes. Some issues with ice ridges have been reported so use caution when driving across lakes especially at night when they are difficult to see. A district meeting was attended. Several calls of aggressive wolves and coyotes where fielded. Often these animals become more territorial toward domesticated dogs during their breeding season.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) attending training to carry a taser. He met with a wolf specialist for an expert opinion on a grey wolf identification. Officer Duncan also attended a district meeting. Enforcement activity included following up on an illegally taken wolf case, winter fishing, and snowmobile enforcement.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) started training with COC Silgjord. Angling activity was monitored throughout the area. Activity was moderate with some success being found. An incidentally caught fisher was recovered and education on legal cubby sets was provided to a father/son trapping team. CO Schmidt and COC Silgjord attended a District 8 meeting. Enforcement activity for the week included allowing illegal juvenile operation of an ATV, failure to display ATV registration and allow juvenile to commit a game violation.
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended training for use of force at the Hermantown PD. He also attended a district meeting and checked anglers along the North Shore and in the Duluth/Superior bay.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended District 8 training at the Border Patrol Office in Duluth. Assistance was given to State Patrol with multiple vehicle crashes on a very icy morning in Duluth. Taser training was completed, and questions answered about winter ATV use.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers throughout the week, attended training, and a district meeting.