MN DNR Weekly Report District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports a youth ATV Safety Class was held in which more than 40 area youth received their certification. Fishing and boating continue to be main activities with the hot weather returning to the area. Hopefully, bear-related complaints will be fewer as bear baiting has started, but people should continue to remove any food sources. Enforcement action for the week included ATV violations and license issues.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports working Rainy Lake and the Rainy River majority of the week. Time was spent helping out with an ATV safety field day and handling nuisance-bear complaints.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) responded to nuisance-wildlife calls. He received several questions on the upcoming big-game seasons and assisted a neighboring officer with a complaint of people riding ATVs on the river bank during the low water conditions. Slatinski assisted other officers with an ATV safety field day for about 40 students. Even though the weather remains hot and dry, conversations have started to focus on fall activities.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) monitored area lakes for boating and angling activity. Fishing remains poor overall. Forest roads and associated ATV trails were checked with little activity noted. Public access sites were monitored. Fire danger remains extreme. Administrative tasks were completed.
CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked primarily ATV, and bear-hunting activity. Larson also spent time working on potential wetland and shoreline violations.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked angling, ATV, and OHM activity. With warm and dry conditions, fewer ATVs are being seen on local trails. Time was also spent fielding calls, assisting local law enforcement agencies, and checking bear baits. Violations encountered included operating an ATV on a public roadway with no valid driver?s license, expired ATV registration, allowing illegal operation of an ATV, and failure to transfer ownership of an ATV.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) reports that as bears start to forage more in preparation for the winter months, nuisance-bear complaints have increased. He wants to remind everyone to take down bird feeders and try to keep all food/garbage indoors to help deter bears from coming near their residence. Zavodnik spent the rest of his week focusing on ATV and watercraft patrol. There have been several capsized-watercraft incidents that have taken place over the week. He wants to remind everyone to wear a life jacket, especially in watercrafts that are less stable in the water. Several boating safety and license violations were encountered over the week.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, boating, and ATV activity. Fishing success still remains limited. Few bear hunters were observed with the start of bear baiting. Broughten fielded calls regarding nuisance animals and trespass. He also assisted local law enforcement with the search and arrest of a person with a felony warrant.