Minnesota DNR Report District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports animal-related complaints were handled. People are reminded again that the bears are hungry, so three things to do to reduce the interaction: remove all food sources; make your presence known when outdoors, i.e. whistle, talk loud or yell; haze the bear within your own safety comfort level, i.e. blow a whistle or air horn, bang pots and pans, or use other loud items.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports spending time on Rainy Lake and the Rainy River this past week. Fishing reports were good throughout the week, according to most anglers. Nuisance-bear complaints were handled throughout the week as well. Enforcement action taken this past week was for angling with extra lines, not having personal life-saving devices on board watercraft, and no license in possession.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports attending annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. He heard and responded to several nuisance- and injured/sick-wildlife calls. Most bear-related complaints can still be attributed to garbage, grills, or other food sources being accessible to the bears. It doesn?t take them long to remember where to return for their next morsel. Anglers mostly reported less success this past week, with the occasional group finding a hot spot. Slatinski also heard a complaint of improper disposal of a sanitary sewer from a seasonal cabin.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities. Fishing remains poor. Area forest roads were checked. Equipment work was completed and administrative tasks were tended to.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) worked boating, ATV, and angling activity. In addition, time was spent with community members at a National Night Out event in Hibbing. Follow-up investigation continued on ongoing cases and multiple calls were received regarding nuisance bears, ATV permits, and trespassing questions.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) attended the annual National Night Out event that took place at the Wuori Town Hall. Multiple law enforcement agencies, EMS, and fire departments were also present at the event. Complaints regarding state campground and public landing use were fielded, and he also assisted other agencies with various calls. Zavodnik attended the funeral service held for fallen Officer Ryan Bialke of the Red Lake Nation Police Department. Various violations found during the week included transporting water-related equipment with the drain plug in, staying past the allowable time in a state campground, and operating an ATV under the influence of alcohol.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, boating, and ATV activity. Anglers continue to report limited success. Boating and ATV activity continued to be slow this week. Broughten fielded calls regarding nuisance bears, trespass, and wild rice.