Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Apr 30, 2019 06:27AM
● By Editor
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) assisted the St. Louis County Sheriffs Office with a recovery on the Echo Trail near the BWCA. Several agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Border Patrol and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad spent hours searching the area after a suspicious abandoned campsite was found. Several articles were located that required further investigation and the results are still pending.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) followed up on a wetland investigation during the week. Lake Superior rivers and inland accesses were also checked.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted as part of the DNR Honor Guard with the funeral for CO Eugene Wynn. The outpouring of support for the family, friends and fellow officers by local folks in Pine City and officers from around the country was very much appreciated and makes the loss a little easier to bear.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended the funeral for CO Wynn. Time was spent on a variety of enforcement duties such as litter, burning, trapping, fishing, ATV, and monitoring the fish run. Bermel, CO Williams, and local officers busted an underage drinking party at a U.S. Forest Service remote campsite with many underage consumption citations issued. Ice went out on many lakes and a large number of ring-necked ducks migrated into the area.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers along the North Shore tributaries and ATV activity in the Tofte and Schroeder areas. The water temperatures are climbing and the fish are cooperating for some anglers. Calls about nuisance wildlife are increasing with the arrival of spring.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked stream fishing and trapping activity during the week. Fishing is improving on area streams with some nice fish being caught. Many lakes are still holding ice but are steadily melting as warmer weather returns. A complaint of night shooting is being investigated, as is illegal dumping of trash.