Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked bear-hunting and ATV activity during the week. Bear hunters are having mixed success but are reporting bear activity at baits. Murray received a complaint of ATV riders operating in closed areas and investigated a litter complaint on county lands.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area bear-hunting activity this past week. Time was spent on ATV trails and angling activity as well.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the weekend patrolling areas of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by foot and canoe. Angling success was fair to poor. Violations included baiting bears inside the BWCAW, ricing without a permit in possession and baiting bears with non-biodegradable materials.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely 2) checked bear hunters and bear baits. He also received multiple calls about nuisance animals and trapping regulations.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) worked bear hunters, ATV riders and anglers. Time was spent on Lake Superior checking anglers, many of whom had salmon and lake trout in the bag. Training was completed at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken for big-game and angling violations.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked bear hunters and also focused on boat and water and angling enforcement inside and outside the BWCAW. Compliance throughout the week was good, but violations included insufficient personal flotation devices and no license in possession. Several questions were answered and complaints checked into throughout the week.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked Lake Superior in the Duluth-Two Harbors waters during the week. Catches of chinook and some coho salmon are showing up in the creels. Aquatic invasive species was also worked at the public access points along the North Shore. Bear-hunting questions and nuisance-bear complaints were also tended to during the week. Olson attended a firearms safety field day with District 8 officers at the United Northern Sportsmen’s Club north of Duluth.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Equipment maintenance items were handled and wild rice harvesters were checked on inland lakes. Commercial checks were completed and state parks patrolled. Enforcement action was taken for angling and ATV violations.