Mn DNR Conservation Report District 5
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports fall recreational activities are increasing with bear hunting and ATV riding being the main focuses. Instructing emergency vehicle operations to fellow conservation officers was conducted at Camp Ripley. More than 50 local youth received their firearms safety certificate over the weekend.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports checking anglers on Rainy Lake as well as checking bear baits in the area. Unregistered bear baits and bear baits without the required signage were located. Enforcement action was taken for these issues. Simonson also assisted with a youth firearms safety class in the International Falls area.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities. ATV-riding and goose-hunting activities were checked. Forest roads were monitored and other time was spent on equipment work and administrative reporting.
CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked primarily ATV enforcement and bear-hunting enforcement. Larson worked a case related to ATVs in a state park, and assisted another CO with a case related to operating an ATV under the influence.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked big-game, ATV, and fishing activity. Time was also spent following up on calls, responding to nuisance-bear/beaver complaints, and speaking at a special archery hunt orientation in Side Lake.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia Station) assisted multiple agencies with a person who was stranded on an ATV trail for nearly 10 hours in their disabled pickup truck. He also assisted a person who had their Class II ATV stuck in a bog on a snowmobile trail. Zavodnik continues to work on equipment maintenance for the fall hunting seasons and also prepared for upcoming Honor Guard training. Several ATV and waterfowl violations were addressed.