Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Jul 11, 2018 02:53PM ● Published by Editor
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports a much slower than usual Fourth of July holiday in the Ely area. There were still many people on the lakes and trails, but the level of congestion at landings and lakes was far less than in past years. Violations included failure to display current watercraft registration, angling with no license in possession, and operating an ATV with no safety certificate.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) stopped an individual for going into oncoming traffic while she was texting. He also dealt with a dead loon that had fishing line wrapped around its beak so it couldn?t eat and retrieved a gillnet that had some rotten fish from Devil Track Lake.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) work a boat and water detail with area officers on Lake Vermilion. Manning also worked a damp Fourth of July holiday checking anglers and boaters on inland lakes. Calls were taken about nuisance beavers, nuisance bears, orphaned rabbits and possession of birds of prey.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked ATV, AIS, angling, and boating enforcement during the Fourth of July week. Assistance was provided blocking a road for a vehicle fire in Ely. Training on drug DUI enforcement was attended. Enforcement action was taken for various violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity this past week. Time was also spent on area ATV trails with trail enforcement work.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked boating and angling activity throughout the week. Time was spent checking ATV riders and patrolling the BWCA. Enforcement action was taken for boating, angling, unattended fires and storing equipment on state property.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and watercraft recreation during the busy holiday week. Fishing success improved this week with some nice fish being caught. Enforcement action was taken for licensing and registration violations.