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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Jun 21, 2022 03:20PM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources • June 21, 2022

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports angling activity continued steady through the week, with success tapering off as temperatures became much more summer-like. ATV activity was high over the weekend, with much of the traffic along the newer developed trails. Please remember there are still some closed ATV trails due to flooding and damage. Remember to check before planning your trip and be conscious of signs while traveling. 

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and ATV riders this past week. Fishing has been good and water conditions continue to improve. Velsvaag took several calls on deer fawns and beaver complaints.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) spent the week at Camp Ripley assisting with handgun training for the latest CO Academy. She also aided with the return of a canoe that had lost on an area lake after heavy rains and flooding.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily ATV and AIS enforcement throughout the week. A couple citations were issued for youth passengers without helmets on ATVs. As a reminder, a DOT-approved helmet is required for all ATV operators and passengers under age 18 on class 1 and 2 ATVs. Issues with bears continue to be prevalent in the area.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports monitoring boaters, paddlers, and anglers all week. Muskies are being caught like mad on Crescent and Boulder. Smallmouth bass are also finding their way into the livewell. A few no-license-in-possession and no-throwable-PFD violations were handled. Hill and USFS Officer Belmore spent time on ATV. They encountered a very lost party driving on a severely washed out road without cell coverage. The officers were able to point them in the right direction. Time was also spent in the BWCA.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and invasive species enforcement activities during the week. Anglers were having good success this week but the bugs were biting as much as the fish. Bring your bug spray if heading north this time of year. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and illegal transportation of fish.

Silver Bay vacant.

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