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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Sep 13, 2022 03:52PM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources • September 13, 2022

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked bear hunters and anglers this past week. He also followed up on ATV-related complaints and a litter call. Velsvaag also checked public access sites for illegal camping.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) checked anglers, boaters, and bear hunters. He assisted search and rescue and responded to wildlife-related calls. Enforcement action was taken for hunting and ATV violations.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) primarily patrolled in the BWCAW with CO Lawler. Additionally, ATV operators were stopped and enforcement action was taken for operating on a state highway.

CO Matt Miller (Silver Bay) checked anglers and boaters on area lakes. Bear hunters are seeing some success despite abundant forage in the woods. ATV riders were contacted riding along the shoulder of a state highway where they are not allowed. A forestry encroachment issue was worked. Enforcement action taken for ATV and angling violations.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports an uptick in AIS-related traffic stops throughout the week. A reminder to remove all boat drain plugs prior to transporting. Bear hunters and guides were checked and decent success was found. No violations were detected and Hill thanks hunters for a clean season so far. ATVs are abundant in the area. Hill issued a cease and desist order to a landowner and a contractor after Hill found unpermitted work within a public water.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked goose- and bear-hunting activity during the week. Bear harvest is down from previous years as natural food sources are more plentiful this season. Fishing remained good on area lakes with some nice fish being caught. The start of the fall color change is starting to occur with the first maple trees beginning to turn red.
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