Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating activity this past week. Water temperatures remain low, making fish less active than anglers would like but a few are still catching some nice fish. Boaters are reminded to check all safety equipment and make sure lifejackets are readily accessible. But provide the best protection when they're worn.
Enforcement action was taken for ATV and licensing violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity this past week. Calls about "abandoned" fawns have started coming in already this spring. Please do not pick up fawns laying in the grass. The doe will come get it after the coast is clear.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers and canoers this past week. Fishing was moderate, but several groups caught "too many big fish." Velsvaag received several questions about bears and feeding birds and nuisance beavers.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the week investigating a wildfire in Aurora. The fire started and burned along a nearly half-mile stretch of Highway 100. Although fire services responded quickly, a structure was lost. The cause is still under investigation.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked a detail with an Ontario conservation officer along the border. He was also called out for a wildfire investigation in the northwest part of the state.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) did an extended Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness trip with CO Huener during the week. Activity levels and fishing success were spotty, but numerous groups were found in violation of the BWCAW can and glass law, with one group also in possession of marijuana. A detail was worked on Crane Lake over the weekend.
Enforcement action for the week included cans/glass in the BWCAW, marijuana possession, walleye overlimits and extra lines.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers, boaters and areas closed to fishing this past week. She participated as part of the Department of Natural Resources Honor Guard at ceremonies at the Law Enforcement Memorial in St. Paul for Police Week and attended a firearms instructor meeting.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time in the BWCAW checking anglers. A few of them traveled long distances, got their permit, and packed all their gear, but did not buy angling licenses or registration for their watercraft. He worked on Lake Superior with CO Schottenbauer checking commercial fishers and anglers. Some nice lake trout were in the bag. He also completed equipment maintenance on his patrol boat and squad.
Enforcement action was taken for fishing and boating violations.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked along the North Shore rivers for steelhead anglers and some remaining smelters in the evenings and investigated a late trap complaint that required follow up. Charges are pending.
Olson fielded a dumping complaint north of Island Lake and attempted to track down names found in the pile of garbage. He also checked anglers inland during the week.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and smelters along the North Shore. A smelt netter was cited early one evening for netting smelt in a closed river and fish sanctuary directly behind a sign that read, "No Smelting." A few hours later in the night, the same smelter returned and was again caught netting smelt in the closed river further into the protected spawning sanctuary. Enforcement action was again taken, including equipment confiscation.
Issues of motor vehicles damaging state trails and wolves attacking a dog were handled. Enforcement action was taken for angling, OHV, ATV and boating violations.