DNR Report: Feb. 17Reports filed Sundays by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers.
Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) reports that he checked anglers, snowmobiles, and ATVs. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations. Received a call about a wolf with mange near Finland. He spoke to Cub Scout Pack 157 in Silver Bay. Completed online computer training.
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) responded to the call of a wolf which had crawled into a brush pile along someone’s yard and died. Upon inspecting the animal, it was discovered to be a coyote. The animal was removed from the property as it was drawing the attention of the family’s pet. Anglers continue to fish Lake Superior from shore, pier, and by boat with some success for salmon and the occasional trout. Cold weather and wind has lessened the number of anglers along the break wall, however. Inland fishing continues to be slow and snowmobiling activity is nonexistent.
Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time at Camp Ripley armoring division shotguns. Investigated a complaint of untagged traps, monitored ice anglers and checked snowmobile trails.
Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent time working winter fishing enforcement on inland lakes and the shores of Lake Superior. Trapping enforcement and follow-up on a couple trapping complaints were also looked into. Assisted with getting the Turn In Poachers Wall of Shame ready for the Duluth Deer Classic.
Randy Hanzal (Duluth) checked anglers and ice shelter on area lakes. A timber trespass case is being pursued. Vehicle and other maintenance issues were also addressed.
Mike Scott (Northeast) staffed a booth at the Minnesota Home and Cabin Show in Minneapolis over the weekend talking to cabin and lake home owners about Aquatic Invasive Species and Public Waters issues and concerns. Information was exchanged with the public and questions answered about what a can be done about the increase in zebra mussel infestations as well as what a person can do with their lake property to add things such as sand blankets, rip rap walls, and erosion control. Continued work on the upcoming conservation officer academy as well as working with other officers on training for upcoming wildfire arson investigation.
Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on the St. Louis River and Superior Bay. Anglers also checked along the North Shore and area rivers.
Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking anglers on the shore of Lake Superior, on Superior Bay, St. Louis River, and inland lakes. Worked on a license fraud, angler harassment, deer case, litter, and road kills.