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DNR Report: June 30

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating activity during the week. Fishing slowed down with not many anglers having great success. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and a nuisance bear complaint was investigated.

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area ATV trails and anglers this week. Cool wet weather has kept activity down a bit for this time of year. Time was also spent tracking the owner of an abandoned boat.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked aquatic invasive species (AIS), angling, ATV and boating enforcement this week. Time was spent at Camp Ripley completing Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) training. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and AIS violations.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt/Ely) primarily worked angling and boating enforcement and on a couple ongoing investigations. Enforcement action for the week included possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, insufficient PFDs, no navigational lights after sunset, and failure to display current registration.

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports he concentrated primarily on trout angling over the week. Most anglers reported poor success in the cooler than normal temperatures. Several nuisance bears were reported inside the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness on Agnes Lake. Please be extra careful with food storage while camping inside the wilderness, especially during the times of year when a bear's normal food is scarce.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) checked some fishermen between intermittent rains, met with border patrol agents and attended EVOC training in Camp Ripley. Fishing was slow.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that it is probably just a coincidence that as the black flies are starting to disappear the mosquitoes seem to be getting larger. As the rain keeps coming, the boreal forest is seeming more like a jungle. The officer did a radio interview about black bears and attended division training at Camp Ripley.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) was part of the U.S. and Canadian Law Enforcement Honor Guard welcoming the Special Olympics Torch of Hope to the U.S. from Canada. Manning checked anglers on area rivers and lakes and patrolled the state forest and parks. The officer has also followed up on a nuisance bear complaint.

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