DNR report: Sept. 10
Reports filed Sunday from area conservation officers for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) responded to a complaint of a sick wolf pup at a rural residence. The pup, suffering from mange and malnourishment, had to be removed from the property. The opening of the bear season brought quick success to some hunters while others struggled to see a bear. Conflicts between hunters were dealt with. Enforcement action was taken for baiting bears without purchasing a bear license, unregistered bait station, and no sign at bait station.
Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking bear hunters and salmon anglers. Checked a bear camp where a fire was left unattended for most of the day. When the hunters were contacted, they did not think it was a problem since it rained sometime earlier that week. Handled calls relating to a cougar and an elk sighting in the Tofte area. Continued to investigate a wanton waste case along with other bear hunting violations. Enforcement action taken for transport of untagged big game animal, failure to extinguish a fire, and transport loaded firearms in a motor vehicle.
Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked hunters on the bear season opener. A few unregistered stations and a couple of instances of using non-biodegradable materials in a bait station, but, overall, good compliance of the rules. Took care of a wounded bear, checked ATVs, and checked a few boats at accesses. The pink salmon are starting their spawning run in the rivers.
Mary Manning (Hovland) saw an increase in wanton waste cases this bear season with some hunters taking very little meat with their bear pelt and dumping carcasses in fairly public places. Checked bear hunters and worked the start of the fall salmon run. Also checked area campgrounds and lakes during the long, cool holiday weekend.
Mark Fredin (Aurora) found lots of activity throughout the week with bear hunters, early goose hunting, wild rice harvesters, and fishing. Bear have been hitting baits and some bear have been registered. Goose hunters have been having success hunting the rice areas. Experienced harvesters will come in with over 100 pounds and others in the 40 to 50-pound range. A trespass complaint of pickup trucks driving along North Shore mining tracks was taken care of. A site was inspected for a possible public waters violation where it appears boulders were dug out of the lake bed to allow boat launching.
John Velsvaag (Ely) checked bear hunters and anglers this past week. He also followed up on illegal bear baits and protected waters violations.