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

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating activity during the week. Warm weather increased water recreation activity in the area and a complaint on personal watercraft illegal operation was investigated. A division training session was attended and enforcement action was taken for marijuana possession and licensing violations.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area anglers and ATV activity. Schottenbauer also took a call from Tettegouche State Park of a wounded turtle that was found. He advised the staff and visitors to release the turtle and let nature take its course.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports assisting the St. Louis County Rescue Squad early in the week locating a missing person who was overdue after a day of berry picking on the Echo Trail. The person had become disoriented and turned around in the heat and thick brush. Fortunately, they were experienced in the wilderness and had told people where they would be picking and when they would be returning. Rescue squad members were able to exchange signals with them and they were quickly located and assisted out of the woods.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) investigated an ATV damage to property case; an ATV operator intentionally drove over a brush berm to tear up a hillside and numerous trees recently planted there. Anyone with information is asked to call the Turn In Poachers line.

Manning attended training in Duluth and patrolled forest roads, lakes and area campgrounds. She also conducted a commercial minnow retailer inspection and followed up on angling issues.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers, boaters and ATV riders. He assisted the county with a drowning incident in the BWCA. Enforcement action was taken for boating, speeding and personal watercraft violations.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked commercial enforcement efforts and checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior. Fishing has seemed to slow on the Duluth end but has been better farther up the shore, where the water is cooler.

Bear complaints were received and advice to take in bird feeders was given.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior. Commercial activity was checked in the upper shore areas, and aquatic invasive species reminders given to boaters at multiple accesses. A complaint was followed up on of a dog left in a truck at an access. Enforcement action was taken for angling and ATV violations.