District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile, fishing, and cross country ski trails in the area. Trails were still in great shape due to recent snowfall in the area. Special attention was given to monitoring ice shelter removal as the March 18 deadline approached, since litter and debris can be a problem. Murray also responded to a car- killed bobcat and a call of a dead boreal owl. Owls are federally protected and can’t be kept by private citizens for taxidermy.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked trout anglers and snowmobiles. Fishing remains slow overall, while a few anglers found the hot spots and ended up with their limit. The officer worked a snowmobile detail with other area officers along the North Shore State Trail.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) attended training in St. Paul for female law enforcement officers. Manning also checked snowmobilers on the North Shore State Trail and handled paperwork.
Conservation Officer Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) reported that he participated in a snowmobile enforcement work crew with other officers around Finland. He assisted Smokey Bear in Finland’s St. Urho’s Day parade. Johnson recovered a bobcat that was found dead in a local woodshed. The bobcat apparently died of starvation. He concluded a falconry facilities violation investigation.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked trout fishermen in the BWCAW. Fishing success has been slow. The snow is getting deep, but there isn’t a problem with slush. Trout fishermen are reminded to check their fishing licenses to make sure they are still valid.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt / Ely) worked fish house removal, crappie anglers, and snowmobilers this week. Litter left on the ice continues to be a problem as fish houses are removed for the season. Snowmobile trails remain in great shape. Enforcement action included litter, allowing illegal ATV operation by a juvenile, snowmobiles failing to stop at road crossings, and snowmobile registration issues.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) finished his final week of field training in Prior Lake and began work in the Ely area. People were busy removing their shelters from the area lakes. Violations included missing shelter registration and storage of shelters at public landings.
District 8 - Duluth area
Conservation Officer Kipp Duncan (Duluth) met with two high school seniors and assisted with their senior project. Duncan also was a guest speaker at a steelhead/fly-fishing clinic put on by the Lake Superior Steelhead Association. Many people were checked fishing during the week. Snowmobiling activity has been high and area trails were in excellent condition. Skiers on area cross-country ski trails were checked for ski passes.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sergeant Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended a work detail in the Finland area for the St. Urho’s Day festival. He checked snowmobilers in the Duluth area and responded to a complaint of someone keeping a live bobcat captive in a garage. The complaint was unfounded. Shore anglers in the Duluth area were checked. Some kamloops were showing up in the area.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked pan fish anglers on inland lakes and helped area officers with making sure ice shelters were removed from lakes by the deadline. A work crew was held in Lake County for the St. Urho’s Day celebration with few violations found. Trails continue to be nice in the Duluth and Two Harbors areas. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile, ATV, and angling violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking anglers along Lake Superior and on inland lakes. He also checked for fish house removal compliance and removal of debris. Snowmobile trails were also worked. Enforcement action was taken for angling, ATV, and snowmobile violations.