Conservation Officer Report | Sports & Recreation
The Minnesota DNR provided the following summaries of last week's activities by Conservation Officers:
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) returned several calls and emails. A couple beaver permits were issued due to property damage caused from the beavers. A lake level complaint was taken from concerned residences on an area lake due to a dam that was failing. Information was passed on to the proper DNR division for a resolution. Time was spent working bear hunting activities. Some boating and fishing enforcement was also worked during the week. Officer Duncan also followed up on a couple wolf complaints.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE MN) worked with area fisheries staff and local conservation officers to close out several Aquatic Plant Management violations. Site visits showed the vegetation returning to affected areas. A training seminar on violence in the community schools and workplace was attended. Work with local Sheriff’s Department has been ongoing with the DNR Flight section on harbor security as we gear up for a training event later this month.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked area lakes and rivers. Anglers are reporting a slow bite. Wolf complaints were investigated. Officer Schmidt assisted with a firearms safety class.
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time checking recreational boaters in the Duluth-Two Harbors area. Received a call from the crew members of the USCG station on the report of a boating accident involving a 38 foot motor vessel. The lone operator was boarded by the USCG and was found to be operating impaired. The operator was booked in jail. No injuries as a result of the collision were reported. Olson assisted the sheriff’s office with several calls. Hot weather had many beachgoers and boaters trying to cool off.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters between Duluth and Silver Bay. Ever changing winds are giving anglers a challenge, but those in the right place at the right time are finding good catches of salmon, Lake trout, and steelhead. Anglers need to learn to identify salmon from steelhead before the warden shows up at your boat. Training was attended at UMD and US Border Patrol. An unhappy kayaker argued about getting a citation for her unregistered kayak, even though she was standing near a sign explaining the requirement. Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior throughout the week. He patrolled for ATV activity. He also attended training and worked on paperwork. Enforcement action was taken for AIS, boating, and angling violations.