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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Jul 27, 2021 08:06AM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - July 26, 2021

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time checking anglers and ATV riders. He attended a meeting at Camp Ripley to prepare for in-service and handled nuisance-animal calls.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled state and federal forest routes checking ATV operators. She also checked anglers and boaters and attended a planning meeting for upcoming statewide training for field officers.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a variety of enforcement activities throughout the week. Fifteen youths were certified in ATV safety in Babbitt. Nuisance-bear reports keep coming in. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, fishing without a license, no PFD, no helmets on youth passengers on ATVs, and driving after revocation. Another fire was left burning in Bear Head State Park by campers after check-out, resulting in another citation issued.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity and assisted with other activities in northwest Minnesota.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports hitting the water again during the week. Anglers are reporting an extremely poor walleye bite, but If you?re on the hunt for smallmouth bass, you won?t go hungry. Transporting fillets without a skin patch and no PFD on board a watercraft violations were addressed. Even though you may be a licensed life guard, a PFD is required on a paddleboard. Canoe traffic in the BWCA was again monitored with no violations detected. Hill was happy to see campers altering their cooking plans with the fire bans that are currently in place. 

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating activity during the week. Fishing improved this week on Lake Superior with some nice trout being caught. Fire danger remains high in the area and travelers are urged to check on fire restrictions before doing any outdoor burning. Murray also assisted local officers with a fleeing suspect and investigated an illegal-burning complaint.

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