Minnesota DNR urges ice anglers to pick up after themselves

MINNESOTA The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding ice anglers to pick up after themselves. The DNR says trash left behind by anglers is an old problem that seems to be growing.

The DNR said in a Facebook post, "This annual problem seems to be getting worse -- ice anglers leaving their trash behind when they head for shore. It’s one of the most common complaints conservation officers receive during the winter."

DNR officers see everything from wooden fish house blocking materials to empty propane cylinders, plastic bottles, pop cans, and even bags of human waste. Leaving them on the ice can lead to a misdemeanor citation with a fine of up to $1,000.

The DNR urges fishermen to:

-Set an example for others, especially children, by not littering.
-Properly dispose of any materials that could trap or injure wildlife.
-Check with a local refuse provider or landfill for disposal of items.
-Keep a litter bag or trash container with you when travelling or outdoors.
-Secure trash container covers to prevent wind or animals from spreading litter.
-Cover and secure any vehicle, truck, or trailer carrying refuse.
-When visiting any recreation area, make sure to leave the area clean for the next person to enjoy.