Weekly Conservation Officer ReportsJul 20, 2021 04:03PM ● By Editor
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) reports taking numerous questions regarding the current fire ban, a result of continued warm and very dry conditions. One motorist was spotted stopped in the middle of the Gunflint Trail with a door flung open, the result of seeing a beaver walking up the road. Fewer than five minutes later, the same driver was found slowly chasing said beaver up the road (presumably "helping" it), nearly causing a vehicle accident. Manning responded to reports of fireworks, took calls on illegal camping and visitors leaving bagged dog waste for someone else to dispose of, and checked boaters for invasive species.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) investigated an OHM crash in Babbitt, took nuisance-bear calls, started an investigation into work on a shoreline of a local lake, assisted on a security detail, provided assistance with a local fire, and spent time patrolling for resource activity. Enforcement action included allowing illegal juvenile OHM operation, operating ATVs in a state park, failure to transfer ATV ownership, unlawfully posting public land, and passing in a no-passing zone.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports spending the week in the BWCA with fellow officers patrolling for backcountry anglers. The fishing was extremely slow, with pike dominating the bag. A few lake trout were caught but anglers had to focus their time in deep water. Citations were issued for no fishing license and for possession of a controlled substance. PFD and registration compliance was perfect. Quite a few anglers left their licenses in their vehicles. Please remember to add a fishing license to the list of essential items to bring into the backcountry.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating activity during the week. Warm weather again brought lots of recreational watercraft users to area lakes to cool off. Angling success remained slow on area lakes this week. Enforcement action was taken for invasive species law violations and burning restriction violations.