Conservation Officer Report | Sports & Recreation
The Minnesota DNR provided the following summary of last week's activities by Conservation Officers:
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported a few days were spent on snowmobile but they probably were the last as trail conditions continue to deteriorate rapidly. Some anglers were seen out on area lakes but not many fish being caught. Several dead Boreal Owls were again turned over to DNR Wildlife as the difficult winter continues to be a problem for these small birds. A talk was given at a Firearms Safety Class. An instructor was presented with an award in recognition of his 30 plus years of teaching Firearms Safety to local youths.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent a couple days on snowmobile working area trails and checking inland ice fishing. Shore fishing along Lake Superior has been busy when fisherman can find open areas with ice. Area Lake Superior Tributaries are still locked up with snow and ice. Officer Duncan received several calls of dead owls found during the week. A firearm safety class was also attended during the week.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers who were anxious to get out on Superior. A few boats were seen fishing between Two Harbors and Knife River. Remnants of a moose struck by a train were collected for the Moose Mortality Study project. A complaint of a possible sick deer was addressed, with advice given to the landowner to stop feeding the deer. Feeding deer concentrates them in a tight area and greatly increases the risk of disease being spread among the herd. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.