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DNR Report

Duluth News Tribune file

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity this past week. Time was also spent on area ATV trails with trail enforcement work.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and watercraft recreation during the busy holiday week. Fishing success improved this week with some nice fish being caught. Enforcement action was taken for licensing and registration violations.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) stopped an individual for going into oncoming traffic while she was texting. He also dealt with a dead loon that had fishing line wrapped around its beak so it couldn't eat and retrieved a gillnet that had some rotten fish from Devil Track Lake.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked boating and angling activity throughout the week. Time was spent checking ATV riders and patrolling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Enforcement action was taken for boating, angling, unattended fires and storing equipment on state property.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports a much slower than usual Fourth of July holiday in the Ely area. There were still many people on the lakes and trails, but the level of congestion at landings and lakes was far less than in past years. Violations included failure to display current watercraft registration, angling with no license in possession and operating an ATV with no safety certificate.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) work a boat and water detail with area officers on Lake Vermilion. Manning also worked a damp Fourth of July holiday checking anglers and boaters on inland lakes. Calls were taken about nuisance beavers, nuisance bears, orphaned rabbits and possession of birds of prey.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked ATV, aquatic invasive species, angling and boating enforcement during the Fourth of July week. Assistance was provided blocking a road for a vehicle fire in Ely. Training on drug DUI enforcement was attended. Enforcement action was taken for various violations.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent a busy week on the waters of Lake Superior and the Duluth Superior Harbor with Fourth Fest and numerous bands at Bayfront Park. There were large crowds and heavy boating traffic along with warm weather. Down by the lake had many people out enjoying the activities over the Fourth of July.

Navigational light enforcement was focused on during the busy night hours, resulting in several violations; kayaks and canoes made up many contacts for light violations.

Olson handled a car-killed bear in the Cloquet area and worked AIS enforcement on lakes north of Duluth.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Salmon are finally starting to move up the shore, and anglers are after them when the wind and weather allow. Wild rice stands are starting to develop, and inland water levels remain plenty high. Enforcement action was taken for boating and ATV violations.