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DNR Report

Duluth News Tribune file

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

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a border detail with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service inspectors and U.S. Customs officers. Several violations were detected including fish overlimits, illegal bear importations and aquatic invasive species (AIS) drain plug violations.

Murray also attended a fall training session at Camp Ripley during the week and checked bear baiting activity.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity and bear baits this. COC Karon and Schottenbauer assisted with a District 6 work crew at the Pigeon River Point of Entry during the weekend.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports the people responsible for a fire on Bear Island Lake came forward. They had started a campfire late in the day and believed they had put it out, but the fire had traveled through the peat and rekindled.

He also monitored bear baiting activity in the Ely area. Baiting was off to a busy start and many people reported baits being actively visited in spite of there being plenty of wild foods available.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely 2) checked anglers and bear baits this past week. Several calls came in about deer hunting regulations as well as the new statewide pike regulations. Velsvaag also took several nuisance animal calls.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) dealt with waters and invasive species violations during the week. Bear baiters and their ATV usage were checked.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) helped with and attended annual training in firearms, defensive tactics, first aid and evidence examination at Camp Ripley. She spent time in the woods checking bear bait stations and state forest campgrounds.

Manning also worked a special detail at the Grand Portage Port of Entry with other COs, K9s and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents to inspect bears, fish and watercraft being brought into the state. Upon being checked, one gentleman declared: "I remember you! And I remembered to pull my drain plug this time!"

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked an extended Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness patrol with COs Al Peterson and Mitch Lawler and COC Mike Lerchen. Activity was high, fishing was good and some violations were detected, including can and glass beverage containers, fishing without a license, expired watercraft registration and no fishing license in possession.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked bear baits, ATV riders and anglers. Time was spent working at the Pigeon River Port of Entry with area officers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Enforcement action was taken for AIS and fish transportation violations.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended annual training at Camp Ripley. He worked Lake Superior in the Grand Marais area; catches of salmon are showing up in the creels. Surface temperatures are in the low 60s.

Olson also worked a detail at the Grand Portage Port of entry over the weekend, resulting in overlimits of fish and big-game violations. He also worked Tribute Fest in the Duluth-Superior harbor for boating safety patrol.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) continued field training with COC Elwell. They checked bear baits on ATVs and patrolled area ATV trails. The Minnesota State Fair booth was worked with many questions about upcoming deer seasons and licenses.

A border crossing detail was worked in Grand Portage with enforcement action taken for AIS and overlimit violations.