DNR Report: Snowmobile, ATV activity keeps officers busy
Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) worked a career fair at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, where high school students were given information on the job duties of a conservation officer. Training was conducted with K9 Schody in preparation for upcoming testing.
Snowmobile trails were patrolled in the area. Extra time was spent in the Nemadji State Forest, where enforcement action was taken for operating off trails in a limited forest, failing to transfer registration and other registration violations.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) attended the funeral for retired CO Gene Borud as part of the division's Honor Guard detail.
Snowmobile trails are deteriorating quickly, but there are still some sleds out and about. Enforcement action was taken for expired snowmobile registration, failure to transfer ownership, illegal/loud snowmobile exhaust and failure to display registration as required.
Assistance was also provided to the State Patrol as well as local law enforcement agencies with emergency calls for service.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) continued working fishing enforcement on Lake Superior and area lakes. Many lakes were checked for fish houses, with some lakes still having them.
Snowmobile enforcement was also worked on area trails. The trail conditions were excellent earlier in the week. Duncan met with several local media outlets and talked about fish house removal and ice conditions on area lakes.
Duncan also had a student ride-along for a day.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked snowmobilers on the trails north of Duluth. The trails are starting to deteriorate with the warming weather.
Olson also checked trout anglers on Lake Superior and reports catches of lake trout and herring are still being seen. Enforcement actions were taken for snowmobile and ATV registration issues on Lake Superior.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked anglers on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for an overlimit of crappies. Water and slush are covering the lakes, so please use caution when venturing out.
Speldrich responded to a snowmobile crash with injuries. The victim was airlifted but is expected to recover from their injuries. Multiple snowmobile-trespass complaints were taken.
With the warmer weather, ATV operators were out and about. Enforcement action was taken for registration issues, failing to transfer titles, no safety certificates and operating without required equipment.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week preparing equipment for possible flooding. He also answered questions about upcoming safety classes, ATV operation and nuisance animals.
Warm weather has deteriorated snowmobile trails in the area and there is a lot of water on top of the ice. Runoff has made ice conditions questionable in places and caution is urged if venturing out on area lakes.