Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and boating activity during the week. Fishing began to pick up early in the week with some nice fish being caught, but bring your bug spray at the boat landing. Murray also completed commercial inspections and attended a training session at Camp Ripley.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area boating and angling activity this past week. Time was also spent working aquatic invasive species laws at accesses and roads.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the week performing commercial inspections of local bait dealers and retailers. He also focused on aquatic invasive enforcement and found a very high level of compliance. Violations included expired watercraft registration, no throwable personal flotation devices and a dog chasing deer.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely 2) checked boaters and anglers this past week. He also conducted AIS work and a special boat and water project. Velsvaag took multiple nuisance-animal calls and questions about the new northern pike regulations.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked anglers and ATV operators throughout the week. The area was quiet, with many anglers heading to the Canadian side of the border.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked angling, boating, and AIS enforcement throughout the week. A stripped-out boat was dumped at the One Pine access with all identifying information painted over or removed. Bermel was able to scrape paint away from the registration number and track down the owner of the boat. They removed it and a litter citation was issued.
Other enforcement action included failure to display watercraft registration and no PFDs.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) contacted numerous ATV operators. One couple had gotten turned around. They had a map but they had no idea where they were and had not stopped at the previous intersection to check the street sign.
Manning checked anglers and boaters on inland lakes and at state and Forest Service campgrounds. She also assisted Cook County searching for a person on a welfare check and took a complaint about foxes killing chickens.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) fielded complaints on bears wreaking havoc within the city of Duluth. Please keep trash cans in until the pickup day and remember that bird feeders are also bear feeders. Please take them in!
Olson worked AIS enforcement on area lakes north of Duluth. Compliance remains good, with most boaters aware of the laws.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) prepared materials for a boating safety class. Trollers were checked on Lake Superior and charter records issues followed up on. Equipment maintenance items were handled and ATV complaints checked.
A report of dogs killing a young deer was determined to be scavenging on roadkill. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.