Conservation Officer Report | Sports & Recreation
The Minnesota DNR provided the following summaries of last week's activities by Conservation Officers:
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent some time preparing for a work detail on the Rainy River. Three days were spent working fishing and boating enforcement on the Rainy River. Several hundred boats were checked over the weekend. Officers found a couple of over limits of walleye, illegal party fishing, and some watercraft registration issues.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported several calls regarding injured animals were fielded. Concerns over wolves acting aggressively around a ranch were received. Assistance was given to local law enforcement with a number of vehicles in the ditch due to several recent snowstorms. Some annual training was completed. A few snowmobiles were advised about GIA trails being officially closed.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) handled a call regarding a trespassing and damage to property complaint. Equipment prep for possible floods was completed. Officer Schmidt worked the Rainy River over the weekend. Officers took enforcement action for boat registration, angling without license, over-limit of walleyes and life jacket issues.
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) Checked anglers along the North Shore. He attended an ATV safety class with Officer Duncan, and assisted area law enforcement agencies with traffic related problems during the recent heavy snowfall. An investigation of a dumping complaint in Gary New Duluth is pending. Complaints of ATV operation within the city limits checked on.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked shore anglers along Lake Superior. The persistent winter weather is keeping the tributaries from opening up, creating a lot of impatient anglers. A few snowmobiles were still seen running the Ramstad State Trail. A few others operating on the now closed Grant-In-Aid trails were given verbal warnings and advised to trailer their sleds to the state trail parking lot. Proper consideration towards landowners along the corridors will help keep the trails open for years to come. Enforcement action taken for angling and snowmobile violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers along Lake Superior throughout the week. He attended a meeting and did some equipment maintenance. He also worked a detail on the Rainy River with the numerous anglers there over the weekend. Enforcement action taken for possession of steelhead during closed season, over limit of walleye, no angling license in possession, and boating violations.