DNR report: Dec. 24
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) worked on equipment maintenance issues and attended an equipment committee meeting. Several calls were received about an injured timber wolf as well as a group of wolves attempting to lure dogs from their yard onto a frozen lake. Ice anglers were checked and it seems that the ice conditions are improving, but still warrant some caution. An investigation into a trespass complaint is ongoing. Snowmobile activity is light in the area as we have yet to get the snow that many other areas of the state have.
Mark Fredin (Aurora) observed a number of fish houses being pulled out onto area lakes with around 10 inches of ice being the norm. Violation of no shelter ID, no shelter reflective material, and no shelter registration were found. Received a complaint of deer being shot along a roadway in the Whiteface area.
Marty Stage (Ely) worked on snowmobile enforcement and followed up on some leftover case work from the fall. The ice has improved greatly and there has been an increase in lake traffic. Called to Babbitt station to remove a coyote from a garage in town. The coyote would not leave. It suffered from a wound and had lost a lot of hair from mange.
John Velsvaag (Ely) monitored fishing and snowmobiling activity during the week.
Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled snowmobile trails and forest roads. Compliance has been good to date and trail conditions have been fair. Manning also checked cross country ski passes. One man commented to the officer that a person watching him buy his new pass commented that he did not think the passes were necessary since "no one ever checks up here." Ice conditions are improving with the cold, but anglers are still advised to use caution. Met to discuss a proposed addition to a local park and a new North Shore SNA.
Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked snowmobilers and ice anglers. The ice is improving with very little to no slush on most lakes. Some nice fish were seen in the bag but overall, the bit still remains slow. Snowmobile trails are in need of snow and had few sleds on them over the weekend. Additional time was spent working on equipment maintenance.
Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked anglers during the week. The small lakes have good ice with no slush. The deeper lakes have just frozen over and will require a little more waiting before venturing out.
Kipp Duncan (Duluth) assisted with archery deer hunting issues in the Duluth deer hunt. He checked a few area lakes for winter fishing activity and worked some snowmobile enforcement. A litter complaint and hunter harassment complaint continues to be investigated. Time was also spent returning calls and office work.
Randy Hanzal (Duluth) met with the county attorney in regard to a couple of outstanding cases from the fall. A vehicle inspection and various equipment issues were addressed. A presentation was made to a local sports group. Lots of anglers are now venturing out onto local lakes and finding moderate success.
Water Resources Enforcement Officer Mike Scott spent time clearing older cases and inspecting several new cases for compliance and work. A rescind order was issued for wetland work that was not a violation. Worked with the Training Unit on identifying ongoing training for "use of force" officers. Worked with local businesses regarding importing bait for sale that would be allowed under the new rule that went into effect restricting the use of rainbow smelt and cisco for bait on Minnesota waters.
Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior) worked on commercial enforcement, attended some meetings, and check-ed anglers. Paperwork and reports continue to be worked on from the fall seasons. Make sure you check to make sure to check before leaving license vendors that you received the licenses you intended to purchase. Equipment maintenance performed
Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) and unit officers met on commercial enforcement items. Anglers checked along the North Shore. Snowmobiles have been on the area trails in full force. Fielded calls from the Duluth city deer hunt. Inland lakes are making good ice with the cold days.
Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) completed work on a commercial fishing case involving the waste and dumping of many hundreds of pounds of herring and records violations. Cross country ski passes were checked and local snowmobile activity was monitored. Assistance was given to Duluth police with the location and arrest of a burglary suspect in downtown Duluth. Took enforcement action for angling and commercial violations.