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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Jul 30, 2020 02:24PM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - January 30, 2020

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) focused on angling enforcement between medical and rescue calls over the weekend. A large group inside the BWCA were separated from their canoes after they tried to navigate up a mostly dry river and required assistance. Violations included angling with no license in possession, no life-saving device on board a watercraft, and failure to display watercraft registration.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent the past week checking anglers in the BWCAW. Walleyes were cooperating with anglers on area lakes. He followed up on wildlife and ATV complaints.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area campgrounds, lakes and boat accesses checking anglers and boaters and many folks trying to beat the heat. ATV operators were also checked and compliance was generally good. Manning also continued working a couple TIP calls and following up on a trespass complaint. 

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) focused primarily on AIS, boating, and ATV enforcement throughout the week. Numerous citations were issued for failing to have personal flotation devices on watercraft. Other enforcement action included late jet ski operation, failure to transfer watercraft ownership, fishing without a license, transporting watercraft with the drain plug in place, and permitting unlawful ATV operation by a juvenile.

CO David Schottenbauer (silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity this past week. Time was also spent at the Academy teaching water survival training.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports checking anglers in the BWCA, on Lake Superior, and on various other lakes throughout the county. Salmon are few and far between but anglers targeting lake trout left the water very happy. Multiple boat plug violations were handled, with a few out-of-state anglers coached on the importance of respecting the waters of the state they are visiting. Bear calls keep coming in. A few simple changes around the yard can take care of the majority of the bear issues landowners are having. Citations were issued for PFD violations, watercraft-registration violations, and possessing illegal containers within the BWCA. Assistance was given to the local U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer with a watercraft case.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and water recreation activity during the week. Angling activity remained high and most anglers checked had fish in the boat. Nuisance-bear activity calls were handled, as was a wolf depredation complaint. 
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