Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) and K9 Schody assisted checking waterfowl hunters at the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area during the week. Enforcement action was taken for speed, unsigned stamps and transporting loaded firearms.

In-service training was attended in Hibbing where training was received on use of force and firearms.

A work detail was done on the Canadian border with other COs, K9 Schody, CO Mishler and K9 Storm checking compliance for waterfowl and fishing regulations. Enforcement action was taken for overlimits, aquatic invasive species and transport violations.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) conducted patrols in area WMAs and the Fond du Lac State Forest checking hunters and off-highway vehicle users.

Humphrey served on an Honor Guard detail in St. Paul and attended Division in-service training in Hibbing during the week.

Humphrey fielded calls and complaints of motorized vehicle use in a WMA, late shooting, nuisance beavers and general hunting license questions.

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) participated in an Honor Guard detail in St. Paul and instructed at a division in-service training in Hibbing during the past week.

Calls were also fielded regarding nuisance animals and animal-related concerns.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked local lakes for waterfowl hunters. She also followed up on bear-season tips and Wetland Conservation Act violations and attended firearms training in Hibbing.

Speldrich responded to a call of a dead calf where the livestock owner had observed 15 bald and golden eagles over the past week. The livestock owner was concerned that the eagles had caused the 2-week-old calf’s demise. An investigation showed that the calf was likely killed by coyotes.