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DNR Report: Aug. 18

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports enforcement was focused on bear baiting activity over the weekend. Several baits were located and compliance was very high, although bear activity seemed to be low at most baits checked. Violations included angling without a license in possession, failure to display current watercraft registration, and possession of marijuana.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) spent part of the week at Camp Ripley for annual training. Calls were received concerning a wounded bear, a loon with a Rapala stuck on its leg, and an agency assist for the aftermath of a high speed pursuit that ended successfully in rural Embarrass. Fishermen checks showed that fishing success has been slow.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) answered questions about the legality of recreational bear feeding and the upcoming bear and deer seasons. The feeling of fall is starting to creep in. A few berry pickers were out during the week as were some hunters starting to scout for bear bait stations.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) helped teach firearms and defensive tactics at annual fall in-service training at Camp Ripley.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) assisted a neighboring officer with a TIP call, attended in-service training, received more nuisance bear calls and bear baiting questions, taught the law portion of the Babbitt ATV safety class, and spent time on the water. Enforcement action for the week included litter, expired boat registration, no navigational lights after sunset, and fishing with an extra line.

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area bear baiting activity this week. Time was spent checking ATV activity on area trails and backroads. Schottenbauer instructed other officers at Camp Ripley this week as well.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week teaching use of force and firearms tactics at Camp Ripley.

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) attended a division training session at Camp Ripley. Nuisance bear and wolf activity were reported, and a dead eagle call was investigated and found to be a natural death.

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked the Duluth-Superior Harbor during the Bayfront Blues Fest. The nice weather and music had many boaters out enjoying Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor. One PWC/boat crash was reported and responded to by the USCG and St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, resulting in minor injuries. Olson also spoke to a summer camp for youth ages 5- to 12-year-olds on the duties of a conservation officer and attended annual training at Camp Ripley.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior and area lakes. Time was spent at Camp Ripley armoring division squad rifles. Questions were answered about bear baiting and he checked bear bait sites as the season got underway. Enforcement action was taken for watercraft, angling and ATV violations.

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