Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Sep 04, 2019 10:20AM
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) spent the beginning of the week helping out at the State Fair information booth. He also attended training for several days at Camp Ripley. The hunting report for bear opener was slower than expected given the amount of bear activity seen at baits prior to the season.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked bear-baiting activity and bear hunters this past week. He also attended training at Camp Ripley and followed up on past complaints.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked bear opener checking hunters and bait stations. It was a busy weekend for ATV operators, most of whom were violating at least one law. Riders are reminded that everyone age 12 and older and born after July 1, 1987 must complete a safety class prior to operating an ATV. One operator was stopped on the state highway running a machine with expired registration and carrying three passengers, two of whom were very young children without helmets. Manning also answered calls about the upcoming deer season, attended training at Camp Ripley, and checked anglers.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily bear baiting and the bear opener. Violations addressed and under investigation include unregistered bear bait, no sign, wrong zone, and baiting with non-biodegradable material.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity this past week. Much of his time was spent on ATV and bear-hunting activity as well.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking bear bait stations, bear hunters and following up on wildlife-related calls. He attended training at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken for ATV, big-game and firearms violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV, watercraft, and bear-hunting activities during the past week. Murray monitored wild rice harvesting and investigated a litter complaint. Good weather cooperated for the holiday weekend, bringing many travelers to the North Shore. Some birds have begun their fall migration and leaves have stated to change as we once again close out the summer season.
Grand Marais #1 vacant.