Conservation Officer Report: More Bear Activity | Sports & Recreation
The Minnesota DNR provided the following summary of last week's activities by Conservation Officers:
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working shore fishing along Lake Superior. Many fishermen were checked and law compliance was very good. Several telephone calls were also returned and taken during the week. Lots of questions about up the upcoming fishing opener and the “what if” questions about ice covered lakes. Bear activity around Duluth has increased with the warmer temps and snow covered ground. Wildlife feeders (aka bird feeders) and garbage cans seem to be the food of choice for the spring bears.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported time was spent checking trout and ice anglers. A couple of road killed wolves were recovered. Several littler issued were investigated. Beaver trappers were also checked for compliance. An accidentally caught otter was turned in.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) checked anglers along the north shore. Trappers were checked and finally having some luck with ice out. Injured and nuisance animal complaints were handled. Officer Schmidt attended the Duluth area Pheasants Forever Banquet.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE MN) finished up work on issues with a person requesting to harvest minnows from AIS infested waters in St. Louis County. Continued work on closing a wetland case in Lake County with the county atty. Follow up on information from resort owners who thought that they were required to have Lake Service Provider trainer for their business.
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers along the North Shore. Boat ramps have become snow free and are being used. Assisted the sheriff’s office with vehicle accidents in the townships. Worked ATV complaints within the city of Duluth.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked many anglers who were happy to be back to trolling on the big lake even though the fishing was slow. A local conservation organization banquet was attended, and assistance provided to local agencies with calls. ATVs have started to reappear. The officer received a report of a deer injured by a dog at Hartley Park in Duluth. The deer was badly injured and had to be put down. Reminders were given to several dog owners that it is illegal to allow a dog to chase deer. Enforcement action taken for angling, boating, and ATV violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking shore anglers along Lake Superior. He did not notice anyone fishing the rivers, but that should start soon. He also spent time on Lake Superior checking anglers. Lots of boat out from all over the state, but not many fish seen. Good compliance with required boating safety equipment and registrations. He also checked for spring beaver trappers and looked at some dumped garbage for evidence. Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.