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Weekly Conservation Officer's report

Jul 03, 2017 02:43PM ● By Editor
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources District 6 - Two Harbors area  
Last updated: 2017-07-03

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) took a call on his first bear complaint of the year. Again, it was caused by garbage left outside of a residence. The officer did a BWCAW canoe patrol and worked Operation Dry Water detail.

CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) worked with other officers on an AIS check station over the busy holiday weekend; many boaters from in and out of state received information and had boats checked. The officer also checked anglers and boaters on inland lakes, attended the Cook County AIS Task Force meeting, and followed up on an open wetlands case.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity this week. Time was spent on both Superior and inland lakes. Cold rainy weather has kept many from coming out.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a busy 4th of July weekend on area lakes. Fishing success was slow overall with few fish seen in the boat, but water recreation activity was high. Enforcement action was taken for safety equipment and licensing violations. Officer Murray also assisted neighboring officers with an AIS check station inspecting several watercraft and educating watercraft owners on invasive species.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked anglers, boaters, and ATV?s. Enforcement action was taken for angling, boating, and ATV violations. 

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a very busy 4th of July weekend. Significant time was spent on AIS, ATV, boating, and fishing enforcement. An AIS checkpoint was worked on Hwy 53. PFD compliance over the weekend was the worst the officer has seen with numerous citations issued. Other violations included fishing without a license, no navigational lights after sunset, unattended line, fail to display watercraft registration, AIS violations, unregistered ATV, and youth ATV passenger violations.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports a busy weekend before the Independence Day holiday as rain and cold slowly gave way to warmer weather and sun. Angling pressure was very low early in the week, but stepped up sharply with the improved weather. Violations included angling without a license, operating an unregistered watercraft, and no lifesaving device onboard a watercraft.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked fishermen inside and outside the BWCAW. Fishing has been better than in past weeks, but the daily rains have made it hard for fishermen to stay out for very long.