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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Mar 16, 2021 09:59AM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports a fresh snowfall across the Arrowhead gave snowmobilers an extra few days of fair riding on local trails. The rideable conditions were short lived and trails were again very poor by the beginning of the weekend. Fishing reports worsened as temperatures climbed, and by the weekend very few successful anglers were seen. Violations included failure to display valid snowmobile and ATV registration.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers this past week. Fishing was slow. Velsvaag received several questions on road-killed animals and permits and ice conditions. Litter continues to be a problem on area lakes and public accesses.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time checking anglers on area trout lakes. He helped instruct at a youth snowmobile field day in Grand Marais with area officers and volunteer instructors. All the students passed and enjoyed the class. Enforcement action was taken for fishing violations.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) was busy on the ice this past week as trail conditions deteriorated and lake conditions made for mostly easy traveling. Fishing success was not as high as the enthusiasm for the nice weather. Checking the regulations book was also a low priority for some, and a few groups of anglers were educated and cited. A snowmobile event on one lake over the weekend led to at least one citation for speed after the event had concluded. Manning also took calls on an injured wolf and a road-killed deer.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) completed training and worked angling enforcement throughout the past week. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines, expired ATV registration, allowing illegal juvenile operation of an ATV, and no shelter tag.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling activity and checked area lakes for ice shelter removal. Anglers were having some luck with panfish and perch while enjoying the spring weather. Deer vs. vehicle incidents are on the rise as spring arrives and deer are trying to find the first areas of exposed grass along roadways.

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