Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Jun 18, 2018 12:45PM ● Published by Editor
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a TIP complaint on a special regulations lake, spent time on a public access use complaint, and worked fishing, boating, ATV, and AIS enforcement. Enforcement action included driving after revocation on an OHM, failure to display ATV registration, failure to obtain a burning permit, and transporting fish without a patch of skin.
CO Sean Williams (Ely) worked angling activity, which was busy before the end of the week when nonstop rain slowed both fishing and recreational boat activity. For the anglers willing to brave the fresh horde of biting insects, the reports from the BWCA were very good. Nuisance bear reports continue to be handled, including one within the BWCA.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling activity and answered nuisance wildlife complaints. Fishing has been slow on many area lakes. Recent rainfall has made area streams dangerous with fast-moving currents and rising waters.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took a report of unsafe and illegal ATV operation on state forest roads. The group was familiar to Manning and a few group members returned home with a bit of paperwork. Manning patrolled state and U.S. Forest Service roads and trails with Forest Service Officer Belmore. Manning also attended a meeting in Sandstone on payable citations and patrolled area lakes.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area lakes for boating activity. Fishing in the area was slow with the recent rain bringing more bugs. Schottenbauer also assisted with area protection around an ore boat that ran aground in Duluth Harbor.