DNR Report: Officers notify anglers to get ice houses off lakes
Conservation Officer Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked snowmobile and angling enforcement. Humphrey assisted other local law enforcement with a fleeing snowmobiler and monitored fish house removal on area lakes. Humphrey also attended an Honor Guard meeting at Camp Ripley.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended court on a careless fire case from last spring and worked on training with K9 Schody. Assistance was given to an area school that was holding mock interviews for the senior students. Students primarily interested in law enforcement were interviewed. A talk was given to two separate career classes at Moose Lake School with CO Dustie Speldrich.
Extra patrols were conducted at area state parks where enforcement action was taken for no ski pass and having a dog off-leash.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) reports heavy snowmobile activity again this past week. Proper display of registration is still a constant issue. Make sure you are making plans and starting to get fish houses off the lakes ahead of time, even in the North Zone.
Enforcement action was taken for failing to display current registration and failing to display an ice house license.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) attended training at Camp Ripley most of the week. Administrative details were handled in preparation for the season change.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked area snowmobile trails where several riders were contacted about staying on the trail and not trespassing to get into deeper snow. Ladd also made several contacts this past week working with anglers to remove their fish houses by the deadline.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) attended Moose Lake School Career Day with CO Staples. Speldrich worked area snowmobile trails for speed in response to complaints. Snowmobilers were compliant with speed but a few failed to affix their new registration.
Lakes were patrolled and ice shelters that look like they may be left after the March 4 deadline were documented. When removing your ice shelters please make sure all litter, including wood frozen in the ice, is removed.