District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended a K9 meeting and K9 training in the metro area. Complaints of ATV violations were worked in the area. Enforcement action was taken for equipment violations. Trout and other fishing activity were worked in the area. Little success being found with anglers and no violations were detected. Nuisance animal calls were fielded as well as TIP calls for fishing violations in the station and the metro area.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) followed up on a trapping complaint. He reports North Shore rivers have been flooded with anglers. Smelters have also been having luck the past week. The warmer weather drove up ATV complaints over the weekend.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports activities included following up with some illegal trapping, extra patrol in an area of high ATV use and responding to a call of an injured eagle. The officer also worked on some data entry associated with bear hunting. A call was fielded where a dog was accidentally caught in a leg hold trap, it was successfully released unharmed

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued working North Shore tributaries during the spring steelhead run. Duncan also worked nighttime fish run activity, illegal netting and smelting activity. He received complaints of fishing harassment, snagging of fish and illegal fishing activity. Time was also spent working trapping and small game violations investigations. Other activity included assisting with a wildfire investigation, ATV activity and following up on a couple litter dumping locations.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked sucker anglers, spring beaver trappers and worked OHV enforcement during the past week. CO Humphrey patrolled the Sawyer WMA and in the Fond Du Lac state forest with current road/trail closures in place. CO Humphrey took several calls/complaints on Tribal spearing and/or netting on an area lake. CO Humphrey assisted other District officers working North shore fish run and smelting. CO Humphrey checked turkey hunting activity in the area. Several nice Toms were observed taken the first and second seasons. Turkey were very active and vocal. CO Humphrey handled a nuisance beaver complaint, followed up on two cases from the fall hunting and trapping season. OHM, angling license, and taking violations were encountered during the week.