DNR report: April 16Reports filed Sunday from area Minnesota DNR conservation officers.
Reports filed Sunday from area Minnesota DNR conservation officers:
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) spent most of the week monitoring steelhead anglers and responding to wildfires. Numerous fires have occurred in the area, most due to people being careless and unaware of current burning restrictions. People are reminded that the dry conditions can cause fires to get away quickly, leading to an out of control wildfire. Persons found responsible for starting a fire can be held criminally liable and charged for the cost associated with putting the fire out.
Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports several spring trapping issues have been fielded. A few reports dogs chasing deer and killing fawns are being reported.
Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to work North Shore rivers and Lake Superior. ATV enforcement was also worked during the week. Smelting along Lake Superior has many people out trying to catch this spring run fish. Area officers are talking with smelters and reminded them that smelt taken from Lake Superior are not to be used for bait. Many calls were also returned during the week.
Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) spent most of the week checking the anglers on the lake, rivers, and shore along with some smelters. One arrest for illegally netting fish in a closed area of a river after dark. Two people were arrested on warrants after being ticketed for angling without licenses and trout stamps.