DNR Report: Officers spend much time on ice house removal monitoring
Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) spent extra time working area lakes to make sure fish houses were removed by the deadline and there was no garbage left behind. Enforcement action was taken for an unmarked fish house.
Snowmobile trails continue to be in excellent condition in the area and extra patrols were conducted with enforcement action taken for operating a car on a snowmobile trail and snowmobile speed.
A complaint of a bobcat killing house cats was received and information was given to help remedy the situation. Also, a permit was issued to possess a bobcat that was hit and killed by a car.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) continues to see significant snowmobile activity around the area. Anglers overall have done a fine job removing shelters before the South Zone deadline and few complaints of shelters left have been received. Enforcement action was taken for an out-of-state snowmobile with no trail pass, failure to display registration and operating a motor vehicle other than a snowmobile on a designated snowmobile trail.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) spent a day at an officer field training class. Field work consisted of checking area lakes for ice houses and documenting the remaining houses on the lakes. Duncan worked snowmobile enforcement on area trails and checked many people fishing on Lake Superior during the week.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers on Lake Superior during the week. He reports fishing has slowed some and the anglers are spread out on the expanse of ice. No-license-in possession problems were dealt with, but all the anglers checked had remembered to get their 2019 angling license and trout stamps.
Snowmobile patrols were worked on the trails and lakes north of Duluth. The snow depth on some parts of the lakes were over this Olson's knees.
Calls about injured owls and deer followed up on by telephone.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior as the ice there remains. Changing winds may bring about different conditions and anglers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Snowmobiles were checked on area trails, with a general disregard seen for many basic laws of the trail. By planning ahead, using some common sense, and following posted signs, riders can enjoy their trip and leave the trails in good condition for others.
Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports many folks out enjoying the good trail conditions by snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Many anglers had quite the chore getting their houses off by the deadline.
Ladd also assisted with removing from a lake a deer that fell through the ice. It had been there far too long and didn't survive.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) worked area snowmobile trails for speed and registration compliance. She also worked area lakes for shelters left beyond the deadline. A call was taken from a shelter owner who was unable to get their shelter off the lake in time. Plans were made to get proper equipment to remove the shelter.
Speldrich responded to a snowmobile accident with injuries. The operator was transported by ambulance.
Speldrich also attended LEMA Honor Guard training.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls this past week regarding snowmobile registration, ATV operation and questions about road-killed animals. He spent time monitoring fish house removal efforts and answered numerous questions about ice conditions and whether the DNR would be extending the shelter deadline.