Conservation Officer Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked snowmobile and angling enforcement. Humphrey fielded questions on safety training courses, deer carcasses, ice conditions and special regulations. He assisted on a snowmobile work detail in Cook County. Snowmobile registration violations were encountered.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with K9 training and testing in the metro area, where several dogs were certified in detection. Some time was spent patrolling area state parks, where enforcement action was taken for a dog off-leash and no vehicle permit.
A car-injured-deer call was handled in the Duluth area, where a deer was severely injured and had to be euthanized.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) handled calls regarding a shelter left on Grand Lake after the deadline. A call from someone with a license plate led him to the owner as there was no longer a license on the shelter. Illegal-dumping complaints were investigated, as well as a call about a bear acting strangely. Most likely, it was just emerging from hibernation.
Enforcement action was taken for registration issues and operating a motor vehicle other than a snowmobile on a designated snowmobile trail.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) followed up on fish houses remaining on area lakes. Time was spent following up on dumping complaints and handling injured-animal complaints. Calls regarding ATVs on snowmobile trails were handled and a wetland investigation was completed.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked ice anglers and saw very few snowmobiles out on some of the lakes. The deep slush on most lakes made travel difficult for some, especially later in the afternoons. Ladd fielded trespass calls and injured-animal calls.