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DNR Report: Oct. 13

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked small game and waterfowl hunting activity during the week. Grouse hunting opportunities continue to be good and waterfowl hunters are seeing more birds in migration. Murray is also working a complaint where geese were illegally shot and left floating in a pond.

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area ATV trails and hunting activity. Schottenbauer was notified of a headless moose in a gravel pit, when Schottenbauer checked the area, he found an old horse carcass heavily scavenged.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais #1) finished up a couple of commercial bear guide inspections, assisted the U.S. Forest Service with a snowmobile that had been left abandoned since last season, started a wetlands investigation and checked grouse hunters. Hunters report seeing lots of birds, but add that they are very spooky. Hunting pressure has been down a lot compared to the last few seasons. Assistance was also given on a medical call.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais #2) reports a slight downtick in the number of nuisance bear calls received this week. The officer also noted an uptick in the number of grouse hunters' slow-trolling the forest roads in their vehicle of choice and questioning the warden as to where all the birds are. Manning assisted Cook County deputies and search and rescue volunteers with an all-night search to locate a party who called 911 multiple times from somewhere in the woods near Grand Marais. Located safely asleep in their tent, the person reported they had overreacted to a situation, tried to call for help, and then their cell phone went dead — leaving responders with the task of locating them and verifying everyone was OK.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais #3) spent the week in Red Wing for Use of Force instructor training.

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended FAS youth field day at United Northern Sportsmen range north of Duluth, where over 40 students attended the event. He worked a case in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent in Duluth, the investigation is ongoing. Responded to an injured bald eagle complaint, it ended up being a dead herring gull in the city of Duluth. The nice weather over the weekend had many people out getting some end of the season fishing on area lakes and Lake Superior. Bird hunting success is starting to get better north of Duluth. Bear complaints were responded to as well. Questions continue to increase for the upcoming firearm deer season and associated zone changes in the immediate area.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) conducted boat operation training for a local search and rescue unit. Questions were answered about waterfowl and deer season. Lake trout season closed on Lake Superior on Oct. 8, and any trolling activity will shift to salmon or rainbows. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations.

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