MN DNR Weekly Report for Aug. 25, 2014
District 5 - Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports the investigation into two wolf depredation cases near Littlefork and Baudette were handled. Fishing and boating activities were checked on Rainy Lake and Rainy River, with enforcement action taken for no angling licenses in possession and possession of filleted walleye (unmeasurable) while on the water. Invasive species checks at area public access sites were also monitored with good compliance. Activities at International Falls Bass Championship were also monitored.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports working boating and angling activity throughout the week. A large bass fishing tournament on Lake Vermilion was monitored. Calls relating to bear baiting and the upcoming hunting seasons were received.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling activity, served a Wetland Conservation Act Restoration Order, and dealt with a reoccurring dog roaming at large complaint in the McCarthy Beach State Park campground. The responsible party was dealt with.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked bear baiters in the Virginia and Mt. Iron area. Failure to register baits is becoming a problem. Time was spent on area lakes checking boaters and anglers. Despite constant attention, one of the most common violations is still insufficient PFDs. Other violations such as operating unregistered watercraft and no lights after sunset were encountered. A group of five ATV riders were stopped near Cotton. Four of the ATVs were lacking current registration and the fifth was being operated by a juvenile who was not wearing a helmet. Enforcement action was taken on all parties. CO Frericks assisted the Eveleth Police Department in searching for a suspect who fled on an ATV. The ATV was recovered after it got stuck but the suspect was found.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked bear baiting activity throughout the week. Time was spent working boating enforcement specifically night navigation lights. Fishermen are still getting crappies and a few walleye mixed in.
International Falls # 2 - vacant.
Ray - vacant.
Tower - vacant.District 6 - Two Harbors area
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) patrolled in the BWCA with CO Al Peterson. Several violations were detected including angling without a license, no canoe registration, and no license in possession. Lake Vermilion was worked with again a high violation rate including illegal length walleye, multiple folks fishing without a license, unregistered kayaks and canoe, no PFDs, and no fishing licenses in possession. A cabin freezer search revealed what appeared to be a bag with illegal slot limit walleye fillets. The 24 inch walleye carcass was located in a bucket near the dock.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boat and water patrol, invasive species , and angling enforcement during the week. Fishing was slow with few fish being caught. Murray also took reports of nuisance wolf activity and checked on bear baiting activity. Enforcement action was taken for licensing and failing to drain water related equipment violations.
CO Sean Williams (Ely) assisted St. Louis County Sheriff’s deputies after a fatal boating accident on Shagawa Lake in Ely. The accident occurred when a boat carrying three people struck an island on the western side of the lake. The cause and details are still being investigated.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked a wilderness patrol in the BWCA with CO Wahlstrom. The officer checked bear baits and handled calls about nuisance beavers and foxes.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports outdoor activity way down during the week. He checked bear guides, bear baits and responded to a trapped wolf from a wolf depredation complaint. The wolf appeared to be very old and too weak to hunt naturally so it began to target dogs, cattle and chickens. A remote BWCA patrol was done along with remote patrol along the Canadian border.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked a detail in the BWCA this last week with Officer Manning. The officer checked bear bait stations and monitored ATV activity.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area bear baiting activity. CO Schottenbauer spent time checking area inland lakes for angling and boating activity as well. Time was spent on a water complaint as well.District 7 - Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, assisted the Sheriff’s Department with a suicidal person, performed equipment maintenance, and completed mandatory training. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked fishing boating and big game activities. He assisted the county with multiple crashes and other calls. Violations included ATV on roadway, fail to display registration, equipment, and DUI.
CO Michael Fairbanks (Deer River) and a COC worked boat and water safety on area lakes. Fishermen were checked and AIS compliance checks were conducted on the water and at boat accesses. Violations included, no license in possession, no throwable PFD, and several AIS violations. Boaters are reminded to drain all water from boats and related equipment before leaving the water. All drain plugs must be removed. Bear bait stations were checked in area forests. A traffic stop on a commercial minnow dealer resulted in a violation for improper display of identification on the bait transporting vehicle.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) worked boating and angling enforcement this past week. She also answered numerous questions concerning bear baiting, hunting and deer hunting. Remember to check availability (on the DNR website) of firearms classes in your area if you are needing to take one before hunting seasons start.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) began field training activities with a COC. Bear baiting were monitored while enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV without a safety certificate and for not having a helmet on while operating an ATV under 18 years of age. Enforcement action was also taken for angling without a license. One individual was arrested for an active warrant after his fishing license was checked. Drug paraphernalia was also found on the individual.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, bear baiters, state parks and campgrounds. He also handled trespass and ATV complaints during the week.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working ATVs, anglers, and bear baiting activity. Wichmann also traveled to Duluth and checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior.
CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV officer) worked ATV and OHM enforcement in Pine County this past week. CO Velsvaag also worked boating enforcement in Duluth. CO Velsvaag took several calls about the upcoming waterfowl season and archery season.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), boating, angling, ricing, and bear baiting enforcement efforts. Area AIS compliance was good. Enforcement action was taken for boat equipment violations. CO Arhart also responded to public waters and wetland impacts, assisting COs with various resource incidents. He also taught local dog owners about body gripper trap avoidance and dog release techniques. Motor boats in rice complaints were investigated. Deer hunting questions were answered.District 8 - Duluth area
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent lots of time on the water again working safe boating enforcement. Time was also spent checking bear baits and ATV users. The officer also participated in a work detail along the North Shore checking trout anglers. Youth operating an ATV without safety certificate, allow illegal operation of ATV by a juvenile, operate type 1 ATV on roadway, no registration, fail to transfer title, angle without a license, keeping a protected length fish and no PFD in watercraft are just a few of the violations encountered.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports working boating, angling, OHV, and AIS enforcement throughout the week. CO Humphrey worked boating enforcement on local area lakes and details on Lake Superior with the Marine Unit. A wolf depredation complaint was received and investigated. Angling license, trout stamp, boating equipment, and OHV violations were encountered. A few bear baits were also checked for compliance.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked a public waters complaint where it was reported that someone was putting fill into a trout stream. The investigation is still ongoing. An off-highway motorcycle event was worked in the Nemadji State Forest. Several contacts were made for operating without eye protection, fail to transfer ownership of an OHM, and registration violations. Assistance was given at a landing zone for a helicopter after one rider broke his leg in a crash and started to go into shock. Fishing activity was worked along the St. Louis River. It didn’t turn out well for some anglers after the officer recognized two anglers he had dealt with in the past and had knowledge of them being revoked from angling. They were both cited for angling without licenses (again). The next angler down the shore was also found to be angling without a license. He was from California and was back in the area visiting relatives. After running his information he was found to have two outstanding, gross misdemeanor, warrants from his last visit to Minnesota. He went to jail with a ticket for angling without a license. K9 training continues with K9 Schody. Bear baiters are reporting low numbers of hits on area baits.
WREO Mike Scott worked on several new WCA cases and one potential public waters case on a Duluth area lake. Boat and water enforcement as well as fishing enforcement was worked on area lakes with CO Randy Hanzal. Enforcement action was taken for possessing illegal length fish on protected waters, no fishing license, no throwable safety device on watercraft. Several ATVs were checked for operating on the roadway. At the request of a local Sheriff’s Department, enforcement action was taken for an ATV operator possessing an open container of alcohol in the road right of way.Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Cooler temps and rain has curbed the number of anglers. Watercraft maintenance items worked on. Bear bait stations checked north of Duluth. While a bear complaint was handled with the city limits. Take down bird feeders. The bear will move along in due time. Shore anglers checked on the St. Louis River.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) started field training with a COC. The officers worked boating and angling enforcement on Lake Superior from Duluth to Grand Marais and on inland lakes. AIS violations were also looked for. Time was spent on ATVs looking for recreational vehicle use and bear baits. Training was attended at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action taken for angling, boating, and ATV violations.
CO Matthew Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) and a COC spent the week checking anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Angler success on Lake Superior has been limited due to the weather, but success is increasing near Grand Marais. Officers responded to an injured raptor and discovered a red-tailed hawk struck by a vehicle. The hawk was transported to a rehabilitation center for treatment. Officers also worked boating and angling activity on Island Lake, Fish Lake, and Wild Rice Lake. Anglers reported the fish were uncooperative for the most part. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, no life jackets, and no registration on a canoe.