Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and snowmobile activity. He also attended training at Camp Ripley.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily snowmobile and angling enforcement this past week and attended the annual awards and training conference at Camp Ripley. Bermel came across a lone snowmobiler after dark who was standing on the trail after he had gone off trail and crashed into several smaller trees, causing damage and minor injury. Bermel took enforcement action, as speed and alcohol consumption appeared to be factors. The rider was very fortunate the crash wasn’t much worse. This is a good reminder that alcohol and snowmobiling don’t mix. It is also imperative to stay on the right side of the trail, especially on corners and hills, as this seems to be a continual problem.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) continued to focus on angling and snowmobile activity through the week. Williams saw fewer anglers as success continued to slow. He reported patrolling many lakes patrolled that had few or no people. He found violations for failure to display current snowmobile registration and no angling license in possession.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) attended annual training at Camp Ripley. He worked trout lakes and snowmobile enforcement throughout the week. Wahlstrom took enforcement action for multiple snowmobile and angling violations.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) put on many miles this past weekend on the snowmobile trails as gorgeous weather graced the North Shore. Compliance with snowmobile laws was outstanding, and Hill issued only one citation to a rider for violating multiple laws. Ski pass compliance is getting better as word is getting out that officers are putting their time in checking passes. Hill spent time on cases from this past fall and equipment maintenance. Hill also attended training at Camp Ripley.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended division training during the week, checked anglers along the North Shore in the Duluth and Two Harbors areas, and worked snowmobile enforcement along the North Shore State Trail and the area trails around Duluth. He met with the U.S. Coast Guard in Duluth to discuss future training opportunities.