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DNR Report: Oct. 11

District 6 - Two Harbors area

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) attended the in-service training at Camp Ripley which included legal updates and firearms qualifications. Nuisance bear and wolf reports continue to come in from area residents who have been encouraged to be vigilant about not leaving garbage out and not to allow domestic pets to roam unattended as wild food becomes scarcer. Officer Williams also investigated a trespass complaint involving predator hunters.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) spent time training in Little Falls and working grouse hunters. The leaves are falling and the fall weather is here. The deer are active and moving along the road edges, so remember to watch for them. 

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did a remote patrol in the Boundary Waters.  He then attended training at Camp Ripley. He also took a phone call from a property owner who stated a bear hunter set up his bear camp on her private property without permission.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) spent most of the week assisting with fall in-service training for officers at Camp Ripley. She also investigated a case of unlawful import of moose parts from Canada and worked with Canadian Conservation Officers on the case. The officer assisted the Cook County Sheriff and the U.S. Coast Guard in locating a pair of kayakers whose families were concerned for their safety in the stormy weather. The boaters were camped comfortably at a campsite on their planned route in an area with no cellular service.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) taught the law and ethics portions of the firearms safety class in Babbitt. Thanks to the instructors there for their hard work and to the Sportsman's Club for the use of their facilities. Archery, duck, and grouse hunters were checked during the week and equipment maintenance issues were addressed. Enforcement action was taken for not having any personal floatation devices in a duck boat and for failure to display ATV registration.

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked big game and small game enforcement and attended a training session at Camp Ripley during the week. The fall colors are bright with color along the North Shore and lots of folks were out enjoying the scenery in the state parks. Murray also responded to a nuisance bear complaint and assisted with a youth firearms safety class in Two Harbors.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

Sergeant Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. He worked night work with fellow District 8 officers for shining activates. He also worked on season- end maintenance items.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. Fisheries management items were handled for the upcoming cisco netting season, and ATV violations were checked in St. Louis County. Hunting-related questions were answered. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and angling violations.

Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended fall in-service training, and worked angling, boating, hunting, ATV, and shining activity. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and waterfowl violations.