District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2015-03-24

WREO Mike Scott (NE MN) investigated two new Public Waters violations were designated trout streams were impacted by dredging with a backhoe and changing the course of the stream to remove beaver dams. Another WCA violation was investigated and found to be not an issue. An AIS law enforcement training session was conducted with the Lake County Sheriff?s Department. The training brought them up to speed for enforcing state AIS laws.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports time was spent checking pan fishermen on area lakes. A recommendation for additional signage was made to a large landowner who is having trouble with trespassers using ATVs. Verification was made that the last few remaining fish shelters have been removed and so has associated blocking debris. The officer also received a few calls from people wanting to report bears in their neighborhood. Please be sure all garbage and bird feeders are taken in or expect a visit from a hungry bear during the next few months.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working fishing enforcement along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Several people were also checked while crappie fishing through the ice continues on area inland lakes. ATV and OHM activity has also picked up around the Duluth area. Officer Duncan also completed several commercial license inspections. Many calls were also fielded and returned during the week.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked a career fair at FDL College where high school students were given information on the job and duties of a Conservation Officer. Commercial inspections of local minnow retail shops were conducted where one violation of an expired permit was found. A complaint of a waters violation was investigated on an area lake where a large amount of trees and brush was left on the ice. The people who put it out were required to remove it all before the ice melted and it fell into the lake. OHV activity was worked in the area with enforcement action being taken for allowing unlawful juvenile operation, juvenile with no helmet, equipment and registration violations. One report of a wildfire resulted in enforcement action to the landowner for failing to keep a camp fire from spreading and burning prohibited materials. One complaint of a dog chasing deer was received and looked into. The owner of the dog is still being sought.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked off-highway vehicle and fire enforcement throughout the week. CO Humphrey continued training and went live with the Divisions new records management system. CO Humphrey assisted CO Staples at an annual area high school career fair held at Fond Du Lac College. CO Humphrey completed a commercial inspection resulting in an expired license violation. CO Humphrey received calls on a dead bald eagle and failure to remove a fish house shelter.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week checking anglers along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Complaints of ATV?s on snowmobile trails and private land were investigated. The officer responded to numerous phone calls regarding injured or troublesome wildlife. Officer Schmidt also attended training at Camp Ripley.