Conservation Officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) worked shore and boat angling activity this week, as well as ATV traffic. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, camping at a public water access site, operating an OHM in the road right of way, and operate unregistered vehicle. Willis also participated in the Peace Officer Memorial ceremony in Duluth as part of the Honor Guard detail.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with K9 training in the metro area. Time was also spent checking shore anglers and patrolling area state parks. A report of someone recklessly discharging a firearm in an area state forest was also looked in to. The suspect was already gone when officers arrived. A call of someone finding a car-hit armadillo south of Wrenshall was looked into and verified. A young gentleman located the deceased animal in the ditch of Highway 23 while he was checking the mail. He wanted to keep the armadillo to have it mounted and was given permission to do so.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) spent time working angling, boating and AIS enforcement. Humphrey also conducted patrols in area state parks, wildlife management areas and at public water accesses. TIP calls were worked involving trespassing and angling in a closed area. Humphrey assisted in an Honor Guard detail in Duluth for Law Enforcement Memorial Day and Humphrey took a number of injured and orphaned wildlife calls over the week.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) responded to public waters and Wetland Conservation Act violations. She checked anglers and boaters on area lakes. Speldrich assisted LEMA with the Law Enforcement Memorial ceremonies and attended a ceremony in Duluth.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) worked anglers and boaters most of the week. Weather held a lot of folks at bay along with lack the angling success. ATV complaints were handled and time was spent handling nuisance animal calls. Bears are very active and please remove bird/wildlife feeders and stow garbage in a secure location. COs in the area handled two separate calls at the same time of fledgling great horned owls out of nests. The Raptor Center recommended attempting to nest the fledglings in man-made nests. Schmidt attended the Law Enforcement Memorial Procession along Lake Avenue in Duluth on Friday, May 15.