DNR report: Sept. 17
Reports filed Sunday from area conservation officers for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) assisted at a youth outdoor expo geared toward introducing youth to the outdoors. The kids participated in archery, trap shooting, handling upland and retrieving dogs, as well as learning about ecology and how to set out a spread of decoys. Overheard a "boat in distress" call over the marine radio while driving along Highway 61. It was apparent the Coast Guard was unable to hear the call for help, so coordinated rescue efforts for the 30-foot vessel which had run aground on a reef in Lake Superior and was filling with water. The four passengers of the boat were brought to safety by members of Lake County Search and Rescue using a small boat. The boat was left sitting atop the reef with water inside her, to be removed when appropriate equipment can be arranged.
Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked on fishing activity and found the fishing to be overall slow with few boaters due to the cool east winds. Checked the area for bear hunters and worked on a possible unlicensed bear guiding outfit. Wild rice for the most part is done with most ricers stating the winds and heavy rains knocked the rice from the stalks.
Marty Stage (Ely) worked several bear complaints both in and out of the BWCAW. One bear was particularly aggressive and persistent. The Forest Service has received many campsite bear complaints from canoeists this summer. Remember to keep a clean camp. Wisconsin canoes without registrations are relatively common and citations are being issued for the offense. Leaves are starting to turn and fall is in the air.
John Velsvaag (Ely) checked bear hunters and responded to several nuisance animal complaints. Received several calls about the moose season and questions on ATVs and trapping. Also followed up on some illegal bear baits and a protected waters violation.
Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time checking bear bait stations and hunters, some nice bears have been taken so far. Checked anglers as the salmon run has started on many local rivers. Continued to follow up on past investigations.
Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked bear hunters, ran into a few people scouting for moose hunting, and checked several people out for some late summer trout fishing. The wind made for tough canoe paddling. Bear complaints are still coming in.
Mary Manning (Hovland) continued to work bear hunters and follow up on cases, including a bear out of season and several unregistered bait stations. Also worked area Lake Superior tributaries, checked big lake anglers, and checked inland lakes. Attended emergency vehicle operations class at Camp Ripley.
Randy Hanzal (Duluth) checked bear and goose hunters during the week. Far too many hunters not making sure they have all the correct licenses and are following all the rules. A road-killed bobcat was turned in. Training at Camp Ripley.
Kipp Duncan (Duluth) attended a youth expo that focused on getting kids outdoors. Also attended a meeting with several area educators that focused on kids getting involved in the outdoors. Bear hunting and fishing activity continues to be worked.
Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers, ATV operators, goose and bear hunter activity. Followed up on some commercial violations. Assisted instructors at Camp Ripley and did the enforcement portion at the required moose hunter education. Took enforcement action for boating, commercial, and ATV violations.
Keith Olson (Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. The lake trout catch has improved on the Duluth end. Marine unit members tended to commercial charter captain records. Assisted with a youth field day at the Duluth Retriever Club. Assisted police with calls on the east side of Duluth. Worked an ATV detail with the St. Louis County checking remote cabins after a rash of burglaries in the area.
Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Assistance to Coast Guard and Lake County Search and Rescue with boating incidents on Lake Superior. Charter captains were checked for license compliance and shore anglers have started to have more success with salmon and lake trout staging near rivers. Enforcement action taken for angling and ATV violations.