District 6, Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) patrolled in the Boundary Water Canoe Area with Officer Al Peterson. Several violations were detected, including angling without a license, no canoe registration and no license in possession. Lake Vermilion was worked with again a high violation rate including illegal length walleye, multiple folks fishing without a license, unregistered kayaks and canoe, no personal flotation devices and no fishing licenses in possession. A cabin freezer search revealed what appeared to be a bag with illegal slot limit walleye fillets. The 24-inch walleye carcass was located in a bucket near the dock.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boat and water patrol, invasive species and angling enforcement during the week. Fishing was slow with few fish being caught. Murray also took reports of nuisance wolf activity and checked on bear baiting activity. Enforcement action was taken for licensing and failing to drain water related equipment violations.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) assisted St. Louis County Sheriff's deputies after a fatal boating accident on Shagawa Lake in Ely. The accident occurred when a boat carrying three people struck an island on the western side of the lake. The cause and details are still being investigated.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) worked a wilderness patrol in the BWCA with Officer Wahlstrom. The officer checked bear baits and handled calls about nuisance beavers and foxes.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reported outdoor activity way down during the week. He checked bear guides, bear baits and responded to a trapped wolf from a wolf depredation complaint. The wolf appeared to be very old and too weak to hunt naturally so it began to target dogs, cattle and chickens. A remote BWCA patrol was done along with remote patrol along the Canadian border.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked a detail in the BWCA this last week with Officer Manning. The officer checked bear bait stations and monitored all terrain vehicle activity.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area bear baiting activity. Schottenbauer also spent time checking area inland lakes for angling, boating activity and investigating a water complaint.