Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) checked boating, fishing and early goose hunters over the past week. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, hunting without a license in possession, and unplugged shotgun.
Assistance was given at a firearms safety field day class north of Duluth. Assistance was given at a medical incident that occurred during the class.
A complaint of littering on state forest land was investigated.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked bear- and early goose-hunting activity. Goose hunters continued to report good numbers of birds being seen and harvested.
Humphrey attended a Division Honor Guard meeting and CO Academy 19 ceremonies held at Camp Ripley during the week. Humphrey assisted with a firearms safety field day held at the United Northern Sportsmen’s Club. Officers there responded to and assisted with a medical emergency.
Calls were received about goose hunting, bear hunting and timber wolf concerns.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) attended the graduation ceremony for the recently completed Academy as part of the Colors Detail with the Division Honor Guard. Willis also attended instructor training at Camp Ripley as a Division use of force instructor. A large multi-agency detail was worked in St. Paul for a large event on the Mississippi River.
Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, no license in possession and gunwale riding on a motorboat underway.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) spent much of the week working on ongoing wetland issues and responding to bear complaints. Schmidt attempted to chase an injured wolf that was in grave condition, but to no avail.
Schmidt worked boating and angling activity on area lakes and found numerous fishing violations related to licenses and illegal-length fish. ATV activity is steady and time was spent checking dove and goose hunters.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports working several bear hunters and handling several illegal bait and trespass issues as well as ATV activity and wild ricing.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated bear-hunting Turn in Poachers reports. She patrolled the Nemadji State Forest for recreational vehicles. She noted several areas where ATV operators were traveling off-trail. A reminder the "Area with Limitations" means no motorized vehicles are allowed and the hunter/trapper exception does not apply.
Speldrich also taught the law portion of youth firearms safety to youth in the Kerrick area.