Conservation Officer Report District 5 2-22-22

Conservation Officer Report District 5 2-22-22

February 22, 2022 News -- KSDM-KGHS 0

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls #1) reports snowmobiling and ice fishing activities continue to be the main focus in the area, however participation has been slow with the frigid weather. A youth snowmobile safety class was held with 18 area youth getting their safety certificates. People are reminded that safety should be a priority when out snowmobiling.

CO Curtis Simonson (Int?l Falls #2) on leave.

CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) Despite arctic temperatures in the area snowmobiling activity remains consistent. Increased slush off trails is causing problems for anglers with one group reporting six inches of slush around their house from the previous day when they initially drilled holes. Wild animal complaints were fielded. CO Slatinski assisted a neighboring officer with a snowmobile safety class and field day event.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports weekend temps at -30 below found a slow start to outdoor activity. Angling activity appeared non-existent. Numerous snowmobile violations were dealt with. Deer appear to be struggling as we approach close to 2 feet of snow on the ground, and a lot of winter left. Wolf activity is plentiful. Administrative tasks were tended to.

CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked primarily angling and snowmobile enforcement. Larson investigated cases relating to the illegal operation of snowmobiles. A reminder to be cautious while traveling on Lake Vermilion and any frozen lakes. The cold temperatures have caused cracks in the ice that could cause dangerous travel conditions.

CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked snowmobile enforcement and angling activity. Time was also spent speaking as an invited guest at the Hibbing Breakfast Rotary Club and completing administrative tasks.

CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) on leave.

CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing and snowmobiling activity. Fishermen reported limited success. Snowmobile trails are in good shape and snowmobile traffic was high this week. Speed and failing to keep to the right of the trail continue to be the primary complaints by snowmobilers. CO Broughten also fielded calls regarding nuisance animals and litter left on the lake.