District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2015-04-21

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week following up on ATV complaints regarding trespassing, illegal operation and damage. Enforcement action was taken for OHM violations involving roadway operation. Wolf depredation complaints on domestic dogs and livestock were investigated. North Shore rivers were worked for steelhead and salmon. Smelters were out with the nice weather, but the smelt have not been cooperating. Wild fire issues continued but have improved with a little precipitation. Officer Schmidt assisted with a firearms safety class field day.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) checked trout anglers along the North Shore of Lake Superior, smelters on Park Point and pan fisherman on local lakes. Seemed everyone was catching fish this last week. Several complaints of wolves seen stalking cattle and their new calves were reported. Complaints of both ATVs and trucks operating below the ordinary high water line on local lakes with low water level were also investigated.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to work shore fishing along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Many hours were also worked checking angling in many Lake Superior tributaries attempting to catch steelhead. Several nights were worked checking smelting activity and monitoring local rivers during the spring fish run. A field day for an area Firearms Safety Class was attended and Officer Duncan also spoke about the job of a Conservation Officer at a local Cub Scout group. Other enforcement work involved ATV, wildfire, and AIS enforcement during the week.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) returned calls regarding ATV complaints involving wetland operation and trespassing. Wild fires were investigated and assistance was provided to fire departments. Officer Humphrey attended a career fair at Fond Du Lac College in Cloquet. A wolf depredation in Cromwell was investigated.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) responded to calls of wildfires and ATV complaints. Enforcement action was taken for careless negligent fire, no safety cert, and registration violations. Assistance was given to the local sheriff?s department at a domestic dispute and a K9 demo was put on for a local Explorer group. A law enforcement career fair was worked at Fond Du Lac College in Cloquet. Extra patrol was done in local state parks in the area where enforcement activity was taken for not having a vehicle permit.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE MN) assisted DNR Eco Services with training several Minnesota county personnel as watercraft inspectors for upcoming work at area access in their counties. Officer Scott also provided AIS training for Carlton County Sheriff?s Department deputies for summer AIS enforcement with Carlton County watercraft inspectors. Smelters were checked on Park Point and area rivers along Lake Superior. Smelting was very slow Friday night with some smelt seen taken but very few. Saturday night found huge waves and strong winds shutting folks out for smelting. Some tried to endure but gave up after a while vowing to come back later in the week. Anglers along the North Shore were checked. One angler had three kamloops fish in possession and looking at them, one fish was noted looking under the legal length of 16 inch minimum. When the angler asked about the smaller fish stated that they did not measure the fish, but someone told them it was legal so they kept it. After measuring the fish was found to be 15 inches. The Angler looked at the Officer and stated, ?This isn?t going to be good is it?? Enforcement action was taken for possession of undersized fish. Other enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV without registration displayed operating ATV on roadway and no current registration on boat.