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 spent time on a border waters detail and on equipment maintenance, as well.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) focused on snowmobile speed enforcement over the past week. The violation rate was high over the weekend with several citations issued. There has also been a recent rash of people attempting to drive cars and trucks on snowmobile trails and becoming very stuck. Visitors are asked to be observant of snow-covered roads they are unfamiliar with and to keep an eye out for snowmobile trail markers.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness checking anglers. He worked a detail with area officers along the U.S./Canada border. He took enforcement action for angling, snowmobile and BWCAW violations.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily crappie anglers and snowmobile and ski trail enforcement. Bermel and CO Marc Hopkins stopped and cited several snowmobilers who were going more than 25 mph over the speed limit over the weekend. Fishing is still slow and snowmobile trail conditions were deteriorating rapidly by the end of the weekend. A complaint resulted in a citation for cutting a tree in a state park. He took additional enforcement action for angling for fish in a closed season, minor consumption of alcohol, registration display issues and no ski pass.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports hitting the ski and snowmobile trails throughout the past week. The snow is starting to deteriorate on the snowmobile trails, and the groomers are doing everything they can to keep up. Hill hit border lakes and checked for fishing activity. A few anglers were coached on how to utilize their fish after it was determined they had tossed a few northern pike on the ice and never brought them into the cabin. Some nice jumbo perch were seen in the bucket along with eater-sized walleyes. Hill was in contact with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency after he took a call about a plow truck leaking hydraulic fluid on the road, possibly causing an environmental concern.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked snowmobile enforcement. The trails remain in good shape with many sleds out on the weekend. Olson worked a detail assisting District 10 in the Nemadji State Forest with other District 8 officers. He tended to maintenance items during the middle of the week and checked anglers along the North Shore in the Duluth, Knife River and Two Harbors waters.