DNR Report: July 28
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and angling activity during the week. Fishing improved this week with several anglers checked with limits of lake trout on Lake Superior. Murray responded with rescue personnel to a call in Gooseberry Falls State Park where a hiker had slipped and injured her knee needing evacuation by ambulance.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) took care of a few beaver complaints in the area. Time was spent at Camp Ripley for officer training.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) attended instructor training at Camp Ripley in preparation for the upcoming statewide in-service. Manning patrolled area lakes and campgrounds, took reports of possible cougar scat on a party's driveway, and a dead loon that appears to have swallowed a hook. The officer also investigated a wolf depredation complaint in which a calf was killed. One angler contacted will be receiving paperwork for failing to have a fishing license and additional paperwork for having lied about his age and providing false information to support that lie.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked on equipment transport and inspections and conducted interviews to follow up on past cases. Fishing has been getting much better in the area. The rain frequency has slowed down a bit allowing people to get out and better partake of all the opportunities that exist in the Ely area.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) assisted the Babbitt Police Department with the investigation of an ATV accident after a Class II ATV rolled onto its side near the city. Fortunately all three people were wearing their seatbelts, but one occupant was injured. The driver was not very familiar with the ATV and was found not to have an ATV safety certificate.
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time checking boaters and anglers on Lake Superior and area lakes in the Duluth area. The periodic rain and storms during the week had many watching the weather closely as they ventured out on the waters. Olson handled a complaint of a landowner shooting at waterfowl on Pike Lake. Inland, some hearty brook trout anglers checked walking a stretch of area streams stated the bugs were so bad at one point they had to run into an opening to get some relief from the deer and horse flies. They caught and released several brook trout. Lake Superior has slowed and lake trout made up the majority of the fish caught.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior. Some nice lake trout, salmon and even an errant whitefish have shown up in angler's live wells. A complaint of ATVs operating in the Sucker River was checked, with multiple violations found for ATV and alcohol use. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations.