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DNR Report: Aug. 4

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and ATV activity during the week. Fishing remained good on Lake Superior and inland lakes. Calls of nuisance wildlife complaints were handled and a report of trespassing is being investigated.

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) checked area angling activity on Lake Superior and inland lakes. Time was spent checking ATV trails as well. Schottenbauer stopped a boat with a 6 year old riding on top of the bow of the boat. When he asked to see everyone's life jackets he noticed what turned out to be a loaded 30-30 in the bow compartment. Anglers had it along to scare the bears away from camp, enforcement action taken.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked with the county attorney on a case coming up for trial and spent time on several ongoing investigations. A nuisance bear report was taken at a local resort. Time was also spent on the water in and out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Enforcement action for the week included fishing without licenses, no trout stamp, possession of illegal slot northerns, extra line, failure to remove drain plug, unregistered watercraft and insufficient PFDs.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week focusing on angling, boating and ATV enforcement. Wildlife calls were handled regarding nuisance animals and general questions. Some nice lakers were seen in the bag on Lake Superior.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) followed up on nuisance bear complaints and a wolf depredation case. The officer checked anglers and boaters and found good compliance. Folks were not so good with fires and several left smoldering logs, stumps and campfires — two of which needed to be extinguished by local fire personnel. Visitors to campsites are also reminded to take trash home to dispose of it. The fire pit is not a disposal unit for cans and plastics.

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports he and nine other members of the enforcement division attended Peer Counselor training over the week. Several complaints of inspection refusals at invasive species checkpoints were received and are being investigated. Violations included failing to allow inspection of water related equipment.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) encountered two young anglers who remembered to bring along beer, which they weren't old enough to have, and forgot things they needed like a fishing license and life jackets. One young man told the officer that his buddy told him to look out for Fagerman and when they didn't see him, they opened their beers. Then Fagerman just showed up. They were in a small boat with no life jackets and enough beer to get intoxicated. They were escorted off the lake. The officer also assisted in a wildfire investigation where charges and restitution are pending. After a very wet summer, the woods are now starting to get dry and rain is much needed. Please obtain burning permits if required as the fire danger will start to creep up.

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked area lakes and the Duluth-Superior Harbor focusing on boating safety activities in light of the rise of boating accidents and crashes in the state. Olson assisted the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office with several traffic stops in rural areas of Duluth. He also followed up on a complaint of some ATV's causing problems in a campground north of Duluth. Aquatic invasive species (AIS) enforcement was also worked at area boat landings and routes.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Wild rice conditions were checked and ATV trespassing complaints were monitored. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and AIS violations.

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