MN DNR Weekly Report for Dec. 26, 2017
District 5 - Eveleth area
CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) fielded many questions on local ice conditions and ice angling success. He checked on areas of snowmobile complaints and addressed various snowmobile operation violations. Officer Slatinski also assisted Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office with an oil storage warehouse fire involving several agencies.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes and related ice angling activity. Ice conditions continue to improve as sub-zero weather has arrived in the area. Snowmobile trails remain in poor shape due to lack of snow.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked trapping and fishing activity and followed up on complaints. Fishing has been spotty and ice conditions are improving. Trapping has been slow and snowmobilers are starting to show up.
District 6 - Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports ice consistency continued to improve on local lakes after a long run of cold weather and minimal snow. Snowmobile trails are barely passable and most riders are still avoiding them, but more tracks and sleds were seen over the week. Violations included operating a snowmobile on a roadway.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked trapping, angling, and snowmobile activity. The North Shore State Trail has been groomed in the Grand Marais area and the local snowmobile club has been working on brushing and trail clearing.
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) patrolled lakes and trails checking anglers and snowmobile operators. The officer has been working with the local school district to implement DNR safety training programs into the school curriculum to provide better access to more youth in the community. The officer also followed up on cases from the bear and deer seasons.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt/Ely) continued to work on a pre-employment background investigation. A report of hunter harassment was investigated and a litter case was finished up with enforcement action taken. Time was spent checking ice anglers and patrolling from snowmobile in the Isabella area. Fishing was slow and snowmobile trails need more snow.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked on background investigation, checking anglers, and snowmobile activity.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers and snowmobilers in the area. Enforcement action was taken for possession and transportation of firearms.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) checked small game trapping activity and checked area lakes for fishing activity. Ice conditions continue to improve and ice houses are now being placed on lakes. A complaint of an illegally dumped deer carcass on private property is being investigated and questions on snowmobile registration laws were answered.
District 7 - Grand Rapids area
CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) spent time checking angling activity. She followed up with some case work she has been dealing with and answered calls from the public. The cold weather brings more ice which is good for folks who haven’t been able to get their bigger ice houses out. Please make sure to read up on the regulations for licensing ice/fish shelters.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity with enforcement action taken for angling without a license and operating an unregistered ATV on a frozen public water. Multiple roadkill deer possession tags were given out with the deer on the move to their wintering areas.
Pengilly – vacant.
District 8 - Duluth area
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) checked anglers and trappers in the area. Fishing has slowed in the area and bitter cold temps have kept the number of anglers down. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license in possession. One trapping complaint is under investigation where a complaint of trespassing and untagged traps was reported. Time was spent getting confiscated fur ready to donate to educational purposes. Assistance was given to the state patrol and the sheriff’s office in two separate incidents where someone had fled from a motor vehicle.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) worked winter fishing enforcement on area lakes. Snowmobile enforcement has picked up during the week. A few incidental takes were reported while trapping. Trapping enforcement continues to be monitored.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) spent much of the week working ice anglers as ice conditions have improved. Complaints of snowmobile trespasses have been picking up as trails are getting close to groom. Incidental caught animals were retrieved and nuisance and injured animal complaints were handled.
Brookston – vacant.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and a few snowmobilers in the Duluth and North Shore area. The ice conditions are improving in the area with the last blast of bitter cold temps. Fishing has been pretty slow, a few crappies were seen on Fish Lake. A report of an injured bald eagle was fielded; the eagle was uninjured and simply enjoying the benefits of a car hit deer in the ditch bank.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and snowmobilers on area lakes. A wildlife complaint was handled in the Ely area, and questions answered about snowmobile trails and registration. Bitter cold weather is starting to firm up ice on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and angling violations.
Lake Superior Unit – vacant.