Last updated: 2017-01-09
CO Caleb Silgjord (Brookston) spent time checking anglers and monitoring trapping activity in the station. Follow up was conducted on a timber theft case and assistance was provided on a trapping investigation. A litter violation was also addressed with enforcement action being taken.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) followed up on a trapping investigation and completed case files and evidence from deer season. Time was spent checking anglers on area lakes and some fish were seen. Ice conditions are fairly good in the area and easily traveled by ATV/snowmobile along with some plowed roads that street vehicles are using. Nuisance wildlife calls were handled along with deer possession permits issued.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) spent time working winter fishing on area lakes. Several calls were answered and returned during the week. Snowmobile activity has picked up, so time was spent working area snowmobile trails.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked area lakes for hard water angling activity and ice conditions. Ice thicknesses varied from 9?-15? depending on the lake. Anglers were reporting mixed results on pan fish and pike. CO Humphrey observed light snowmobile traffic mostly on the Munger and Soo Line trails. Snowmobile trails in the area were still in poor condition. Officer Humphrey followed up on deer season licensing issues. Multiple car kill deer permits were issued and concerns about people feeding deer too close to busy roadways were addressed.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spent time preparing incidental fur from the area to be turned over to the Trapper?s Association Tanned Fur Project. This project uses donated and our confiscated furs. The furs are tanned and given to schools and other institutions for educational purposes. The annual winter convention of the Minnesota Trapper?s Association was attended in Askov where assistance was given with fur tagging and answering questions. Very little snowmobile activity to report in the area. Trails are in fair to poor condition. Even though we have had a good stretch of cold weather, riders are asked to still be cautious on the trails. There are still reports coming in that some wetlands and other wet areas are not completely frozen. Fishing activity is picking up in the area. Reports of success are mixed across the area with good compliance with the law found in most places. Assistance from K9 Schody was requested from an area city after a snowmobiler lost his handgun while riding in the area. One area in the city limits where the snowmobiler had been stuck was given as a possible location of the lost gun. Seventy hours later and buried in the snow, it took K9 Schody less than 10 minutes to locate the firearm. It was turned over to the local police department to return to the owner. The importance of this find was so the firearm wasn?t eventually found by someone that should not have it.