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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Jun 28, 2022 08:56AM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area.  From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources  June 27, 2022

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports that ATV activity continued to be high over the week. Boating and angling activity was nearly nonexistent over the weekend with cool weather, strong winds and rain. There were several emergency calls in the BWCA as at least four canoes had capsized in the extreme wind.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and ATV riders this past week. Fishing was good and people transporting boats with plugs in were contacted. Calls about bears, beavers and wild rice regulations came in again this week.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted with firearms and Taser training for new officers at the current CO Academy. She also took calls on a nuisance-beaver complaint and two road-killed moose on the Gunflint Trail. 

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of ATV, boating, and angling enforcement. A detail was worked at the International Falls Port of Entry with CO Simonson. Plenty of enforcement action to report, including no PFDs, unregistered boat, possession of fish unlawfully taken or possessed in Canada (including several overlimits), AIS violations, ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet, litter, and blocking a public access.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and angling activity this week. High winds over the weekend made for challenging conditions on the water but kept biting insects away. Nuisance-bear complaints are still being reported in the area. Being bear wise and removing any food and attractant is always the best course of action to deter unwanted bear activity.

Silver Bay vacant.

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