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DNR Report: Oct. 6

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked small game hunting and waterfowl activity during the week. Hunters are having improved success and seeing more grouse this week. Murray assisted with classroom presentations for youth firearms and ATV safety classes and took a report of nuisance bear activity.

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area hunting and ATV activity this week. Schottenbauer was at William Kelly Schools in Silver Bay talking about small game hunting opportunities and safety. Bear complaints have picked up a bit this week too.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a TIP complaint, a solid waste complaint and checked anglers, grouse hunters and ATVs. Enforcement action for the week included angling with an extra line, littering, transporting a loaded gun on ATV, no small game license, passenger under 18 without a helmet, and insufficient PFDs.

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports better success over the week from both hunters and anglers. Grouse hunting, while still tough because of the remaining undergrowth, improved the most. Woodcock also were migrating through and one hunter with his limit commented the woods were "dirty" with them. Violations included failure to display current watercraft registration and no lifesaving device aboard a watercraft.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais #2) took an abundance of nuisance bear complaints, including one which resulted in the closure of a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness campsite. The officer also assisted Cook County emergency responders with a boating accident in which the boater was thrown out of the boat, which was then making the "circle of death" on the lake. The gentleman was very lucky to be alive and unhurt, but was later seen operating a different boat and he still did not feel the need to wear either a life jacket or the motor cutoff lanyard. The lanyard would have saved responders several hours of response time had he been wearing one earlier in the first boat. Manning also responded to a report of a boater refusing inspection at an area access and checked anglers and grouse hunters.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais #3) spent the week checking small game hunters, archery hunters, and bear hunters. Time was also spent on checking anglers along the north shore streams, responding to nuisance animal calls, and follow up on complaints.

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time checking anglers on Lake Superior as the close of lake trout season is upon us; fishing was good during the remaining week. As the fall colors are nearing peak and the leaves are falling, bird hunters are having more success on area trails north of Duluth. Investigation continues on a deer that was shot during the evening hours west of Brookston. Please contact the TIP toll free number with any information