Reports filed Sunday by conservation officers for the Minnesota DNR.
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) reports a new blanket of snow has fallen, catching the area up to the rest of the state for snow depth. Area snowmobile trails are in fine condition. Ice fishing success continues to be on the slow side, but that hasn't kept anglers from trying their luck. Recovered a grey wolf in the Finland area, which appeared to have died from mange.
Marty Stage (Ely) worked snowmobile enforcement. He followed up on fall poaching cases. Fishermen are reminded to have their identification and information on their portable fishing shelters even if they are taking them off the ice daily.
Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that a man encountered a mangy wolf on a snowmobile trail. The wolf refused to leave the trail so the man followed at a safe distance until there was a wide spot for him to pass. As he passed the wolf, it lunged at him and snapped. The moose are starting to lose their antlers as the shed hunters are starting to find their trophies. Many of the places accessible by snowmobile are being searched for these antler treasures. Time to strap on the snowshoes.
Kipp Duncan (Duluth) was a guest reader at a local elementary school. Snowmobile and winter fishing enforcement was worked.
Randy Hanzal (Duluth) the warmer temperatures and holiday weekend brought the sports persons out in droves enjoying our Minnesota winter. Many anglers, snowmobilers and even a few remaining archery hunters were encountered over the week. Primary enforcement action that took place on snowmobile trails was speeding and registration issues were numerous. Several calls of injured animals were also fielded.
Matt Miller (Lake Superior) checked snowmobilers and ice anglers. A grey wolf was picked up along Highway 61 and calls returned to passersby who wished to keep the carcass. They were advised of the wolves continued endangered classification and the inability for the officer to sign it over to another person. He took enforcement action for snowmobile violations.
Keith Olson (Duluth) checked ice anglers and shore anglers along the North Shore. He tended to an injured deer in the last few days of the Duluth city bow hunt. Complaints of snowmobiles operating on the roadway are higher than in years past.
Pilot Al Buchert (Grand Rapids) reports persistent low ceilings again caused the cancellation of some scheduled flights. Located collared study animals prior to the upcoming annual moose census. Moose are still easily moving around their winter habitats. Snowmobilers should avoid these winter feeding and resting areas as the machines tend to move animals from their food and cover and provide opportunities for predators.
Across the state
Robert Gorecki (Baudette) spent the week monitoring fishing activity on Lake of the Woods and Upper Red Lake. Anglers are reporting a slower than normal bite on Lake of the Woods. One angler thought it was so slow that he wanted to improve his chances by attempting to fish with eight lines. Enforcement action was taken, and the angler stated that he didn't even catch a single fish while using the extra lines.