Conservation Officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) fielded calls and followed up on ongoing cases. Ice conditions deteriorated some with the warm weather, so there was less angling activity on area lakes. He addressed equipment maintenance issues, as well.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spent extra time patrolling complaints in Jay Cooke State Park. He received complaints of people walking on cross-country ski trails, having dogs off-leash and of snowmobiles driving on ski trails. There was lots of snowmobile activity in the area with excellent trail conditions. He took enforcement action for speed and registration violations. One individual asked if the groundhog saw his shadow. He thought Staples would know since he works for the DNR. Staples did not know advised the man to check online.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked snowmobile and fishing enforcement throughout the past week. Area snowmobile trails were holding up well. Anglers reported mixed results. Ice conditions varied with more slush brought on by warm weather. He found violations for snowmobile and ATV operation, registration and unlawful equipment.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) patrolled area snowmobile trails during the unseasonably warm weather. The trails were in great condition. Speldrich took enforcement action for failing to display current snowmobile registration. She also checked anglers on area lakes.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) spent most of the week working snowmobile enforcement on area trails. Lakes were busy, as well, with warm weather and improving ice and snow conditions. Angling efforts showed little reward as most anglers are experiencing a tough bite. Schmidt followed up on open cases and completed equipment maintenance.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) spent time this past week patrolling snowmobile and angling activity. She also followed up on a trapping investigation.