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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

May 04, 2020 03:06PM ● By Editor
From District 6 - Two Harbors Are - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - May 4, 2020

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) spent the past week focusing on trapping and ATV activity. The lakes in the Ely area are almost completely ice-free thanks to windy and warm conditions. Violations included angling with no license in possession, fishing in a closed spawning area, and untagged traps.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) continued to check spring fish-run activity and people burning. He also followed up on litter complaints and beaver-trapping complaints.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time checking traps and ATV activity and monitoring the spring fish run. Trout anglers along North Shore tributaries were checked. He assisted the sheriff?s office with calls and met with trappers about incidental takes.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled forest roads and trails and checked lakes and rivers. Stretches of some forest roads still have snow, making travel difficult even by ATV. Travelers are urged to use caution when traveling these as some frost boils can easily sink a car or truck. Lake conditions are looking better for the opener, although the cold snap may slow the melt.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of ATV, trapping, and fish-run enforcement activities. Lots of people are out enjoying the outdoors. Enforcement action included an untagged trap, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, numerous ATV- and OHM-registration and operation violations including an ATV DWI arrest, camping at a public access, and no state park vehicle permits.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity this past week. ATV activity was also worked.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports another busy week of fishing enforcement on the tributaries. Hill contacted multiple people in violation of the no-camping and no-campfire order issued by the U.S. Forest Service. They were also in possession of marijuana. A few ATVs were seen, and compliance was great. The spring fish run is starting to pick up.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV, trapping, and fish-run activity during the past week. Many people were out enjoying the warm weekend weather. Enforcement action was taken for camping in closed areas and licensing violations.

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