Jet-skier gets complaint that feels like bullying [UPDATED]Published 9:50am Friday, June 28, 2013 Updated 12:01pm Friday, June 28, 2013
I’ve been enjoying the great up north since childhood and as a college instructor, I am grateful for the opportunity to spend extra time on the water and at my place near Richville.
This past week I took my jet ski out for the second time ever on one of the area lakes and had an absolutely wonderful time.
To my great surprise, a police officer stopped me at the public landing and said that a report had been submitted to the DNR that my jet ski had been chasing loons.
I was taken aback since I had no idea how someone came to this conclusion.
I do remember passing wildlife — a heron in the air, and later a family of loons in the water on my right. I remember giggling as I saw the cute baby loon.
After speaking with the DNR and being told I could go to court over this, I was shocked, afraid and angered. Really? In my opinion, this wreaked of jet ski hatred and false testimony aimed at bullying jet skiers off the lake.
While I understand loud, obnoxious jet skiers can push limits and sometimes break laws, I find it appalling that a miffed lake home owner would call the DNR, and pull out the loon endangerment card for the sole purpose of getting a jet skier in trouble.
No loons were in danger here. No loons were chased. This was simply a bullying tactic.
It saddens me that there are lake homeowners that are so territorial that they feel it is their lake alone, not to be shared with others.
Even more disturbing is that their false accounts get immediate reaction from the DNR and law enforcement. An innocent day of fun in the sun turned into a nightmare.
And the bullying worked. I won’t be jet skiing there again. How is this a free America?