DNR Report: Officer assists Michigan DNR with collared wolf found dead

Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted the State Patrol with an ATV accident in which a juvenile hit a pickup truck while trying to cross State Highway 210.

Assistance was given to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources after they notified the DNR of a collared wolf that was believed to be deceased. The wolf was located and found to have been struck and killed by a motor vehicle. Over the past year, data from the collar showed the wolf traveled from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, all over Wisconsin, back to Michigan and then into Minnesota before being killed by the vehicle.

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) patrolled the west Duluth area by ATV, where there have been complaints of ATVs operating where prohibited.

Angling activity has slowed, but recreational boating activity is way up. Enforcement action was taken for unregistered watercraft, no Type IV personal flotation device, failure to display registration and for fishing in an area permanently closed to angling.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) spent much of the week teaching at the Academy. He taught water survival training and assisted with boat operation activities. Area anglers were checked and public accesses worked for invasive species violations. A complaint of a person camping in a DNR parking lot was also handled.


CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) spent time working ATV enforcement and checking anglers and boaters. She also attended training at Camp Ripley.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated a potential aquatic plant management violation and issued a resource protection notice. Anglers and boaters were checked throughout the week. Time was spent patrolling ATV trails. Speldrich assisted the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office and Moose Lake Police Department with an incident in Moose Lake.

Katie Rohman has served as the managing editor of the Duluth News Tribune since 2019. She started with Duluth Media Group in 2017 as regional editor of the Superior Telegram, Pine Journal, Lake County News-Chronicle, Eastern Observer and Western Weekly. She has worked in newspapers around the Midwest since 2004.
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