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DNR Report: Aug. 11

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and angling activity during the week. Fishing slowed down this week but recreational activity was high on the North Shore. Murray assisted the Lake County Sheriff's Office with search efforts for a missing couple from Duluth reportedly sighted in the area.

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity on Superior and inland lakes. ATVs were checked on trails and back roads as well. Wildlife complaints taken and looked into throughout the week.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended National Night Out in Babbitt, handled a jet-ski complaint, and worked a variety of enforcement activities throughout the week. One group was encountered on Bear Island Lake with neither boat displaying valid registration, neither boat with the proper PFDs on board, two individuals without fishing licenses, and one using an extra line. Bermel had previously cited a couple members of the group for similar violations. Enforcement action for the week included fishing without a license, extra line, insufficient PFDs, boat registration violations, off-highway motorcycle registration violations, and ATV operation violations. An individual was arrested for a felony assault warrant.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on Lake Superior. The salmon and trout bite were good. Time was also spent checking ATV's and answering wildlife calls. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, angling without a license and no PFD on watercraft.

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the week patrolling the northern part of his station inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with a group of officers from across the state. Most time was spent on the international border and a good amount of contacts were made. Fishing success was good overall and most anglers were having no trouble locating walleyes. Violations included angling without a license and angling without license in possession.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishing enforcement and assisted the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and other agencies with a suspect fleeing into the forest. The man was found and arrested.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a busy week with lots of anglers and boaters. The officer also patrolled remote designated trout lakes by ATV and checked for signs of early bear baiting. Enforcement action was taken for boating and fishing violations.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) patrolled inland lakes and Lake Superior checking anglers and boaters. The officer also checked several off-highway motorcycles; resident operators are reminded that they must have registration on "dirt bikes" unless they are used exclusively for organized track events. The officer also encountered ATVs operating on the state highway and had to remind the drivers that county ordinances do not allow for operation on these types of roadways. Manning also investigated a litter complaint on the Superior Hiking Trail; a large group of young men from the Twin Cities area left trash strewn around a campsite, including their half full trash bag, and defecated at two tent pads; hopefully information left behind will lead the officer to this group.

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked Lake Superior and fishing has improved in recent weeks with some salmon being caught. Time was spent handling nuisance animal complaints and bear complaints involving damage to an outbuilding. Olson fielded questions regarding upcoming bear season and baiting. The officer also assisted St. Louis County involving a domestic assault and search for missing people.

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