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Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and angling activity on Lake Superior during the week. Fishing seemed a bit slow in most areas but anglers were happy just out enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. Murray also answered stream trout regulation questions and took a complaint of working in a wetland.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) started to see some shore fishing activity with the nicer weather. Ice, while weakening fast, is still tight to the shore on most inland lakes. ATVs are starting to come out of the storage sheds, so remember that registrations may have expired last December.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time on maintenance items for the upcoming open-water season. Spring-like temperatures have helped pop open the North Shore rivers in the Duluth-Two Harbors areas. Kamloops anglers have been catching some fish. A reminder to all small boat operators on Lake Superior to check your safety equipment and requirements for the upcoming boating season on Lake Superior.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked a few boaters trolling for salmon and shore anglers anxious for rivers to open.

A call was taken of a deer chasing a dog. The aggressive deer head-butted the dog and then briefly went after the owner walking with the dog. A mix of environmental, seasonal and historic influences most likely led to the deer's bizarre behavior.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) spoke at a firearms safety class, followed up on a wildland arson case, checked snowmobilers and dealt with someone burning prohibited materials.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) attended the Cook County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force meeting and helped teach ATV safety to students in Grand Marais. Manning checked anglers on Lake Superior tributaries and spoke with anglers at one river about respectful use of private property on shorelines.

The officer also followed up on a raccoon trapping complaint and patrolled area forest roads.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports a busy weekend with the warm weather bringing lots of folks out crappie fishing and riding ATVs and snowmobiles. Numerous vehicles went through the plowed ice roads on local lakes. Most could be recovered but another is resting in 20 feet of water. Ice has deteriorated rapidly, bringing a quick end to truck traffic.

Enforcement action included expired ATV and OHM registrations, no safety certificates, loud exhaust on a snowmobile and no license in possession.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) handled wildlife calls and continued work with ongoing cases. Anglers were checked trying their luck for steelhead off the shore of Lake Superior.

Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.

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