Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and snowmobiling activity. He also spent time on training and equipment commitments.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) assisted the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue Squad after a hiker got turned around and could not locate the path on the Bass Lake Trail north of Ely. Fortunately, the hiker stayed put after making the emergency call and conservation officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents located them quickly. Williams reported violations for excessive snowmobile speed, operating an unregistered snowmobile and unmarked fish house.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent the week working trout lakes along the U.S./Canada border and inland trout lakes. He also checked walleye anglers during the last weekend of the season. Some nice fish were seen on the ice. Wahlstrom took enforcement action for snowmobile and angling violations.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area snowmobile trails, cross-country ski trails and lakes. She also spoke with concerned homeowners regarding a deer feeding conflict among neighbors.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked angling and snowmobile enforcement throughout the past week. He also worked a detail with other officers on Upper Red and Lake of the Woods. He took enforcement action for walleye overlimits, extra lines, unattended lines, angling without a license, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, expired registration and no shelter tag.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) got out and enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather during the week. He put a few hundred miles on the snowmobile with some positive contacts being made with riders from all over Minnesota and Canada. He handled one minor registration issue. Hill assisted various agencies with a severe snowmobile crash in Cook County where both riders sustaining injuries. Ski pass compliance is finally getting better, with Hill having to issue only one citation to a party who knowingly went skiing without a pass. He monitored state parks for vehicle permits and followed up on a big-game case along with an ATV crash from the previous fall.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked snowmobile enforcement during the week. The area trails up to the Iron Range are in near-perfect condition, and the warmer weather had many people out taking advantage of them. Olson worked the vintage snowmobile run in the Fish Lake area, along with the Yeti Snowmobile Tour in the Island Lake area. He also checked anglers along the North Shore and Duluth-Superior Harbor, as well.