District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of last week working fishing enforcement on Lake Superior and its tributaries. During the week people were ice fishing Lake Superior and the next day fishing the same location in open water. One day was spent working in St. Paul. Officer Duncan assisted the DNR Wildlife division with a couple deer calls and some other misc. wildlife complaints. Snowmobile and ATV enforcement was also worked.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent time working ATV complaints on roadways and snowmobile trails. Shore anglers were checked on Lake Superior. Ice anglers were checked on local lakes and ice conditions were okay but water and slush were a factor.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling and ATV enforcement throughout the week. ATV activity has increased with warm weather conditions. Ice angling activity was sparse on area lakes. Some open water was observed on the St. Louis River near Cloquet, however, lots of ice and debris is mixed with the high moving water. CO Humphrey followed up on a wolf livestock depredation case from the previous week. Several calls were received about deer feeding and sick and/or starving deer. Boats were prepped for the upcoming open water season.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) continued K9 training with partner Schody. Assistance was given with inspecting a commercial fur buying operation in the state. A meeting was attended at Camp Ripley to get ready for the upcoming in-service training for all of the officers in the state. A K9 demo and talk was given to Safari Club International at their annual banquet in Hinckley. A report of a dead eagle was received and checked into. With the snow melting, ATVs and off-highway motorcycles are starting to show up in the area. Enforcement action was taken for operating on a public highway, equipment and registration violations.

WREO Mike Scott attended meetings to prepare for the new academy training at Camp Ripley. Training was worked on for trapping enforcement for the new officers as well as upcoming in service training for current officers. Officer Scott worked on runoff from local gravel pit into trout stream was concluded with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to fix the issue and worked with DNR fisheries on AIS issues in the Duluth area.