Conservation Officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw a very heavy week of angling activity. The holiday weekend also brought a lot of people out on the water to recreate, as well as fish. Enforcement action was taken for angling while license privileges are revoked, no angling license, allowing unlawful juvenile operation of a personal watercraft and no personal flotation device board a watercraft.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) continues to assist with K9 training. K9 Schody assisted with searching for a firearm that was believed to have been thrown from a vehicle. On another call, he assisted with searching for a person who fled from local police. Enforcement action was taken on several violations over the holiday weekend for ATV and boating activities. Staples and CO Willis took enforcement action on an angler whose angling rights were revoked. It was the second such instance in about two weeks. They seized the angler’s equipment.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) spent time working angling, boating, off-highway vehicle enforcement and AIS enforcement throughout the week. Humphrey also conducted patrols in area state parks, wildlife management areas and at public water accesses. A TIP call was investigated regarding angling in a closed area. Humphrey assisted in an off-highway motorcycle fleeing incident, which resulted in the arrest of the operator. Humphrey and CO Willis worked on a search warrant involving social media use. Humphrey found Memorial Day weekend to be very active with many people recreating. Violations for angling, boating and OHV operation, registration, and licensing were encountered.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received a call from a boater who heard a bang and then saw a Canada goose flopping in the water. After an investigation, it was determined the lakeshore owner had attempted to scare off a goose with a pellet gun because they were tired of them defecating on the lakeshore. The goose died after the pellet hit it in the neck. Enforcement action was taken for taking a goose out of season. Several ATV complaints were taken in the Sturgeon Lake area. Time was spent in the General Andrews and Nemadji state forests. Enforcement action was taken for no state trail sticker on out of state OHVs, failure to display OHM registration, failure to display current ATV registration and under 18 without helmets. Speldrich responded to an OHM vs. Class 2 ATV accident with minor injuries in the Nemadji State Forest. Remember to slow down when dusty trail conditions hinder your ability to see what is in front of you.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) worked the Memorial Day weekend on area lakes for angling and boating activity. Angling success was a little slow, but lakes were very busy with the warm weather. ATV-related complaints were handled and nuisance-animal calls were returned. As a reminder, please leave baby animals where you find them.