Conservation Officer Report | Sports & Recreation
The Minnesota DNR provided the following summaries of last week's activities by Conservation Officers:
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) worked alongside several other District Officers at an invasive species road check. A few violations were discovered including some live Zebra Mussels that were found attached to a boat lift as it was being transported to an uninfested area lake. The boat lift was decontaminated and the owner educated of the potential seriousness of what could have happened to his lake. The officer also assisted with a large watercraft that had run aground in the harbor of the St. Louis River. Several juvenile ATV operators were stopped over the holiday weekend for illegal operation and their parents cited for allowing illegal operation by the minor. A few bear hunters were also checked for compliance of bear baiting laws.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) attended a division training at Camp Ripley. Opening bear season was worked during the afternoon and evening hours over the weekend. One day was spent working an AIS checkpoint that involved many educational contacts. Several hours were spent on area lakes working fishing and boating enforcement. Officer Duncan continues to work on a TIP call that involved a seizure of a 46-inch muskellunge, a search warrant application, a visit to a taxidermist, and many interviews.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent most of the week at Camp Ripley as part of the EVOC emergency vehicle of operations instructor group. Bear baits were worked in the area. Officer Schmidt worked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior and St Louis River. Assistance was given to Marine Unit officers removing a large cabin cruiser from a sand bar. ATV violations and complaints were handled.
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters on Lake Superior and the Duluth harbor. Assisted District officers in the execution of a search warrant in the City of Duluth. During the search, officers posted outside the residence detected a domestic dispute on the next block. Officers assisted Duluth Police Dept. with the conclusion of the dispute. Worked bear hunters north of the Duluth area. With the assistance of the United States Coast Guard pulled a vessel run aground in the St. Louis Bay. Boaters are encouraged over the off season to take a boating safety class. Both the USCG Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadron offer great boating classes. Boaters who complete the class are eligible for a discount on insurance rates.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Officers responded to a call of a watercraft that had run aground in the St. Louis Harbor. When they arrived, they found a 23 foot fiberglass boat went outside the marked channel and was sitting on a sandbar in 8 inches of water. With some assistance from other COs and the Coast Guard, the vessel was freed from the sand and sent on their way with a good lesson in navigation. Enforcement action was taken for boating, angling, and ATV violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior. He assisted in instructing EVOC at Camp Ripley, and he participated in a multi-agency training scenario in the Duluth Harbor.