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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Aug 02, 2022 05:10AM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - August 1, 2022

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) patrolled areas of the BWCAW by canoe over the week. Fishing reports were generally poor, with some success reported on Crooked Lake early in the week. Violations included failure to display current registration and angling without a license in possession.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time in the BWCAW checking anglers. Time was also spent working remote area trout lakes, monitoring ATV activity, responding to wildlife-related complaints and assisting the county with calls. 

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers and boaters on area lakes and accesses. She also checked ATV riders, followed up on a report of camping violations in a state park, handled equipment repairs and took another call of a car driver failing to recognize their vehicle didn?t belong on the forest road they were stuck on. Manning took a report of a juvenile eagle hanging upside down in a tree, tangled up by a talon. When she arrived on scene the eagle was sitting on a branch, free and looking slightly embarrassed by the experience.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of fishing and recreational vehicle enforcement. Time was also spent on abandoned and illegally stored watercraft along various station lakes. Enforcement action was taken for off-highway motorcycle violations, no PFDs, numerous watercraft with expired registration, cans in the BWCAW, underage alcohol violations, and storage/abandonment of watercraft on state land.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports taking a canoe trip into the BWCAW with other officers. The Wilderness was very busy with contacts made with people from all over the United States. The fishing bite was so-so with a few pike seen on the stringer. No license in possession was a common violation and U.S. Forest Service Officer Ed Belmore addressed issues with no BWCAW permit in possession. There were berries galore, which makes Hill wonder how the upcoming bear-baiting and subsequent hunting season will go.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating activity during the week. Some anglers were finding fish on Lake Superior as calmer wind conditions made fishing easier. Murray took calls of nuisance-beaver activity and a report of illegal structures being built in public waters.

Silver Bay vacant. 

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