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Weekly Conservation Officer's Report

May 22, 2018 07:12AM ● By Editor

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - District 6 - May 21, 2018

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did a patrol in the BWCA, checked anglers and boat and water safety equipment.  An ATV patrol was also done into remote designated trout lakes.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) spent most of the week helping teach handgun skills at the DNR Academy at Camp Ripley.  The officer handled a call about a dog chasing deer and took reports of an abandoned vehicle on DNR land as well as contractor and beaver damage to a couple forest roads.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked at the Academy most of the week.  Time was also spent checking anglers and boating activity.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and fishing activity during the week. Fishing is improving in the area as water temperatures warm up. Wildfire danger is still high in the area and caution should be used while burning, making sure your campfire is completely extinguished before leaving. A complaint of litter was investigated and enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked predominately sport fishing enforcement in and out of the BWCA.  Time was also spent on a septic land application issue.  Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, extra line, unmeasurable northern on special regulations lake, using illegal smelt for bait, and litter.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports he assisted the USFS after he was contacted about a large group on Basswood Lake with a campsite full of federal and state violations. After several hours of travel, he and other local law enforcement officers contacted the group and a total of five citations were issued. After the contact, the leader of the group told officers he was sorry for the way they had acted and that he realized they were guests in the BWCA.

Ely #2 – vacant.

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