Conservation Officer Weekly Report 10/6/21
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports lots of people were out enjoying the woods and water, whether it was fishing, hunting, riding ATVs, or hiking. Animal-related complaints and trespass complaints were handled throughout the week. A law presentation was given to an area trapper education class.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports working small-game hunters, goose and duck hunters, ATV enforcement, and anglers on the Rainy River. Bear-hunting activity was also monitored this past week.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports nuisance-bear reports continue to be heard, as well as complaints of people feeding other wild animals, which are causing problems and concerns for neighbors. The area was busy, with ATV riders, grouse hunters, and waterfowl hunters contributing to most of the activity. In one instance, two off-highway vehicle operators drove next to the officer?s patrol vehicle at a stop sign and then continued onto the highway, operating in the driving lane and on the shoulder at a high rate of speed. Contact was made with both individuals. Work continues on a background investigation and equipment maintenance was tended to.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring public access sites and checking fishing activities. Small-game hunting activities were checked, as were area forest roads. Equipment work continues. Other time was spent returning phone calls and dealing with nuisance animals.
CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked primarily small-game and decorative material enforcement. Larson worked with CO Bermel on a case that resulted in a large seizure of spruce tops. Larson also investigated a potential shoreline violation.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked small-game, archery deer, and waterfowl activity. In addition, time was spent speaking at a firearms safety class in Buhl, responding to calls, and attending a community event in Chisholm. Hunting activity was slowed by precipitation that lingered throughout the weekend.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) spent time investigating multiple trespass complaints involving ATVs and theft of decorative materials. He also assisted multiple law enforcement agencies with a search of a known individual who fled on foot during a traffic stop. Zavodnik continues to complete routine maintenance on equipment and is currently investigating several violations that occurred over the week.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, hunting, and ATV activity. Recreational activity appeared lower this week. Waterfowl hunters reported moderate success with local ducks. Broughten also fielded calls regarding bears, trapping regulations, and license questions.