DNR Report: April 15
Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) checked Lake Superior shore fishermen and followed up on littering complaints. Ice conditions continue to be holding on without any signs of spring melting yet. Murray also took a call of an injured deer and attended division training at Camp Ripley.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity. He also spent time on new equipment training at Camp Ripley this week as well.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) helped officers with new equipment and handgun qualifications at Camp Ripley. She checked area lakes and Lake Superior tributaries. There's no shortage of ice. Manning has also been working with volunteer safety instructors to prepare for upcoming ATV and firearms safety/hunter education classes.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked anglers inside and outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, attended training at Camp Ripley and spent time on a wildlife complaint. Enforcement action included possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, expired ATV registration, failure to transfer snowmobile ownership and loud exhaust.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports activity was slow as winter continues to hang on in the Ely area. Very little fresh snow has fallen, but there were several nights of subzero temperatures. Crappie anglers continue to be somewhat active, but reports on success are only fair.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked with a conservation officer from Ontario along the border lakes. Anglers and snowmobilers were checked. He also attended training at Camp Ripley.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended training at Camp Ripley. Preparations were made for the upcoming Conservation Officer Academy and shore anglers were checked along Lake Superior. The rivers are still frozen, but anxious anglers are sure to descend once the ice is gone. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.