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DNR Report: Nuisance animal complaints on the rise

Duluth News Tribune file

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked stream trout fishing and boating activity on Lake Superior this past week. Cold weather slowed down the fishing with some streams freezing over once again. Murray also attended a training session at Camp Ripley and handled nuisance-animal complaints.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked at Camp Ripley this past week training officers. Schottenbauer spent much of the rest of the week checking shore anglers on Lake Superior.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports the most recent spring snowstorm again deterred much of the normal crappie angling for this time of year. The very few anglers checked over the entire week had mixed success, but most reported only marginal luck. Violations included taking fish during the closed season.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked a Rainy River detail with other officers during the week.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) spent much of the week storing winter equipment, readying summer equipment and on equipment maintenance. Questions were responded to from students working on a school project. A few crappie anglers were checked but ice conditions are at the dangerous stage in most places. Closed trails were monitored.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) followed up on past investigations. He investigated a littering complaint on the ice and handled wildlife calls.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) spent the week at Camp Ripley assisting with annual training for field officers in firearms use and defensive tactics. Manning also worked a snowy stream trout opener on the North Shore.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked shore anglers and steelhead anglers along North Shore rivers. McQuade Harbor is still iced-in, preventing the launch of watercraft. Olson followed up on trespass issues on a North Shore river. Nuisance animal complaints are on the rise and questions were answered regarding spring fishing seasons.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked a few boaters excited to get out trolling from Two Harbors and McQuade. Recent storms have left a lot of sediment in the water. Inland lakes could still be accessible with a little adventure, but hopefully warming weather will bring them toward open water. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.

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