Weekly DNR Conservation Officer Reports
Jul 03, 2018 07:00AM ● Published by Editor
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked boating and angling activity during the week leading up to the July 4th holiday. Rain and storms dampened activities for most folks and brought mosquitos out in force.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted at Camp Ripley with boating scenario training for conservation officer candidates. Manning also worked an AIS check station and spent a day working Operation Dry Water, focusing on impaired boating operators. Manning also wrapped up a couple ongoing cases and took care of equipment issues.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers and ATV riders. He worked an AIS detail with several other officers north of Duluth. Enforcement action was taken for angling, watercraft safety and AIS violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity this week. Schottenbauer assisted U.S. Forest Service workers in tree removal to access area lakes and campgrounds after severe weather.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and angling activity during the week. Heavy rain and storms made both fishing and water recreation activities difficult. Murray assisted Duluth officers with an invasive species work detail.
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports performing commercial inspections on Ely-area minnow dealers, retailers, and taxidermists. A very high compliance rate was found at all the businesses inspected. Violations included a fish overlimit, camping at a public water access, and angling with an unattended line.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a very busy week of angling, boating, and AIS enforcement. An AIS check station was worked on Highway 53. A high violation rate was encountered on all activities throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken on the following violations: walleye overlimit, extra lines, fishing without licenses, illegal slot northern pike, expired watercraft registration, no navigation lights after sunset, illegal motorized equipment in the BWCA, cans/glass in the BWCA, insufficient PFDs, litter, and AIS violations.