Weekly Conservation Officer's report - May 22 update
May 16, 2017 11:51AM
● By Editor
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) participated with the DNR Honor Guard in St. Paul remembering the 277 fallen Minnesota Peace Officers on Law Enforcement Memorial Day. The officer helped volunteer instructors teach ATV and firearms safety classes, assisted Cook County with an off highway motorcycle complaint, and checked anglers. Officer Manning also took a call of a deer that appeared to have been shot from an area roadway. Upon examining the animal, the officer located and removed a stick one inch in diameter and over 15 inches long from inside the animal?s chest cavity.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers, ATV riders, and boaters. Time was spent teaching at the ATV riding safety course and FAS field day. The officer also assisted the State Patrol and Border Patrol. Enforcement action was taken for ATV, boating, and angling violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity this week. Cool rainy weather made for less activity. Time was spent investigating a forestry complaint of a person living on a state trail system. It?s the time of year again for people to leave the fawns be, they are more than likely not abandoned, this is common deer behavior. CO Schottenbauer also spent time dealing with a person who had picked up an ?abandoned? fawn in the Duluth area.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and angling activity during the week. Rainy weather slowed down fishing activity in the area. Enforcement action was taken for burning and state forest campground violations.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) responded to a couple rescue calls involving overturned canoes with everyone making it out of the cold water okay. CO Bermel assisted Lake County with a felony fleeing case where the individual ditched his vehicle and fled on foot. That also had a successful resolution with the driver arrested for fleeing and DWI. Enforcement action for the week included several instances of marijuana possession, no angling license, illegal possession of a slot northern, and fail to display watercraft registration.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports fishing pressure was much lower but steady throughout the week. Success was slow with most anglers reporting mixed success. CO Williams and CO Bermel also assisted St. Louis County rescue squad with a canoeist who was hypothermic after he and another paddler had flipped their canoe on the Kawishiwi River.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) responded to a call of a capsized motor boat with two fishermen floundering in cold water. The capsized boat looked like a rock in the distance except for some bright coloring on a PFD that became visible when one of the men moved. The officer was able to use his canoe to quickly get to the men with one of the S & R team members onboard. One party member had no PFD. Fortunately the victims had hung onto the capsized boat, but hypothermia had prevented the men from being able to get out of the water on their own.