Conservation Officer weekly report District-5 8/3/21
District 5 – Eveleth area
Last updated: 2021-08-02
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports fishing and boating enforcement on Rainy Lake continue to be the main focuses of the workload. Fishing success remains fair to good. A wolf-depredation complaint was investigated on a farm in the Littlefork area. Several animal-related complaints were handled. People are reminded the bears are hungry, so please do your due diligence to take away all food sources.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports spending time this week on Rainy Lake checking anglers and monitoring boating activity. Time was also spent assisting a neighboring officer with nuisance-bear issues.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports state campgrounds and forests were monitored for fire restriction compliance, and questions were answered about campfires on private property. Assists to other agencies were provided, including a disturbance over parking at a public access, a vehicle that ended up in water up to the grill at the same public access, and an ATV that became disabled in a normally wet area. Equipment maintenance was also tended to.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) checked angling and boating activity. Fishing remains poor. Area forest roads and public access sites were monitored. Equipment work is ongoing.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked angling and ATV enforcement. Time was also spent fielding calls regarding illegal ATV activity, AIS violations, wildlife-possession permits, and nuisance bears. Follow-up investigation continued on ongoing cases.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) assisted with interviews for the upcoming CO Prep program. Time was also spent fielding calls related to the use of public water accesses and questions regarding injured animals.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, boating, and ATV activity. Anglers continued to report limited success. Boating and ATV activity appeared to have slowed this week. Broughten fielded calls regarding nuisance animals and investigated a public waters violation.