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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Sep 01, 2020 10:29AM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resurces - September 1, 2020

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports he again focused on bear baiting and ATV activity. Compliance was found to be high and baiting activity stepped up noticeably. Reports of baits being visited by bears also increased considerably.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers and bear baits this past week. He also assisted the U.S. Forest Service and Lake County Sheriff?s Office with the removal of a group of problem campers in the BWCA. Velsvaag also received several nuisance-animal calls and questions about watercraft regulations.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time checking ATV riders, bear-bait stations and travelled in the BWCAW along the border checking anglers. He responded to several nuisance-bear complaints. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations. 

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) continued to check bear-bait stations and educate hunters and nonhunters on bear-baiting and -hunting issues. Manning also patrolled forest roads and campgrounds, including taking a call on abandoned camping gear at an area campground and more reports of human waste, diapers and trash left by visitors along the North Shore. A road-killed bear call was also handled. Enforcement action was taken for an early bear bait station and baiting with illegal materials.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked most of the week in the BWCAW with COs Lawler, Lor, and Ramaker. Many groups were contacted throughout the wilderness, and a good fish bite was noted in many areas. Violations included several groups with prohibited glass and metal containers and illegal-length northern pike. Bear baits were checked with failure to register baits in a timely fashion and bear-bait sign violations detected. 

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area bear-baiting activity this past week. Time was also spent checking area anglers and in the metro.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports a nice mix of activity throughout the station this past week. A few PFD and registration issued were handled after Hill contacted some paddlers in violation on an area lake. The leaves are thinking about changing, and Hill ran into some ATV riders ?scouting? for the upcoming season. Bear season is right around the corner and last-minute baits were checked. Hill worked in the BWCA as well, and one person was found to be in possession of a few aluminum cans full of soda pop. Station paperwork and equipment maintenance was also handled.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and bear-baiting activity this week. Bear activity remains high in the area. Lake Superior anglers continue to find nice-sized lake trout.
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