DNR Report: ATVs not allowed on snowmobile-only trails


Conservation Officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw a big increase in ATV activity with the warm weather. ATVs are not allowed on snowmobile-only trails even though conditions have deteriorated for sleds. He took enforcement action for failure to display registration, expired registration, allowing unlawful juvenile operation and ATVs on snowmobile trails.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling and OHV enforcement over the weekend. He checked anglers on area lakes and conducted patrols in the Fond du Lac State Forest, local WMAs and Moose Lake State Park. Humphrey attended an Honor Guard meeting held at Camp Ripley, reviewed restoration orders on two water structure violations and answered questions on nuisance animals and safety training inquiries.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended a K9 Unit supervisory training in St Cloud during the week. A talk was given to a local college class about the job duties of a conservation officer. Time was also spent working on K9 training and reading equipment for the change of seasons.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) responded to a call of a portable ice shelter abandoned on a local lake. She also received a complaint of a nuisance bobcat and issued car-killed deer possession tags.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) monitored angling activity and fish house removal on area lakes. Snowmobile trails are in very rough condition and most likely done for the year. Shore anglers are hard at it along Lake Superior and some anglers have boats prepped and heading out. He also taught the law enforcement portion at a firearms safety class.

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