Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) assisted volunteer instructors in teaching youth firearms safety and ATV safety classes this week. Fall colors have reached their peak along the North Shore and are dropping off steadily.
Murray continued big-game investigations and checked waterfowl hunting activity.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) spent the entire week at Camp Ripley for training. He responded to calls via phone remotely as they came in.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) assisted the Ely Police Department after a fight in downtown Ely. Williams was flagged down after driving by a busy restaurant and told that a fight had occurred just moments before and one of the people involved had already fled on an ATV. When he arrived on-scene, he found the other person involved still unconscious on the ground.
After an ambulance and other law enforcement officers arrived, it was discovered the fight had escalated from an argument over crab legs.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely 2) checked anglers this past week. Fishing was slow and the few grouse hunters checked had poor success. Velsvaag took several calls on the upcoming firearms deer season and handled nuisance beaver complaints.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled forest roads checking bird hunters and people out enjoying the fall colors. Strong winds caused many roads to become blocked by falling trees and took a toll on the fall color spread. Parents are reminded that all kids under 18 years of age must be wearing helmets and be buckled in when riding in side-by-side machines, even when hunting for birds.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked small-game hunters and anglers. The Lake Superior tributaries are busy with anglers trying their luck during the salmon run. Enforcement action was taken for angling and state park violations.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended training at Camp Ripley, worked small-game and waterfowl enforcement around Duluth area, worked aquatic invasive species enforcement for water-related equipment being removed for the season along with watercraft that have been waterborne all summer.
Olson assisted volunteer firearms safety instructors with a well-attended firearms safety field day at the United Northern Sportsmen retreat.
Olson fielded trespass complaints and firearms deer season questions and reports leaves are at peak colors in the Duluth area.