Conservation Officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw very heavy snowmobiling activity over the weekend. Violation rates for improper display of registration are still very high. Loud exhaust also continues to be a significant issue on our trails. Any modification to the exhaust that makes it louder than stock is not lawful and creates conflict with landowners who allow trails to cross their property. In addition, it portrays a poor image of snowmobiling to the non-riding public. Angling activity was also high with the warm weather, but not many fish were being caught. Willis took enforcement action for unattended lines, angling with extra lines, no license in possession, failure to display snowmobile registration as required and unlawful exhaust.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked snowmobile activity in the area. Trails are in excellent shape. He took enforcement action for speed, registration and loud exhaust violations. Staples also spent time patrolling Jay Cooke State Park in complaint areas. He took enforcement action for having a dog off-leash, allowing dogs on ski trails and operating fat tire bikes on ski trails. An injured owl was found in the Carlton area. The young barred owl was captured and turned over to DNR Wildlife to try to save it.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked snowmobile and angling enforcement throughout the week. Humphrey assisted in a district snowmobile work detail in the Duluth area. He received calls and questions on wolf depredation, ice fishing, youth snowmobile training and unlawful burning. He reported snowmobile and angling violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked anglers on area lakes. She also spent time patrolling snowmobile trails. As we approach shelter removal deadlines, please clean up any litter on the ice. If it looks as though a shelter owner will leave litter on the ice, document the location, and if possible the information on the shelter. Report the information to your local conservation officer.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked snowmobile and angling activity on area lakes and trails. She contacted some riders who decided to “open up” their machines going across the lake. She ran into a group of happy anglers on Lake Minnewawa who might not have been catching much, but sure were enjoying the day.