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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Sep 07, 2022 09:10AM ● By Editor
District 6 • Two Harbors Area • From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources • September 6, 2022

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) r received several complaints about an individual camping at a public water access in the Ely area. When he arrived he found that not only was the individual camping at the access but they had also used a chainsaw to cut several trees down in order to make their spot more open. Violations for the week included angling without a license in possession, camping in a PWA, and cutting trees within a PWA.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked bear-hunting activity this past week. He received several calls about nuisance bears. Velsvaag also followed up on a dumping problem on state land and received a call about carcasses dumped on public land.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) worked the bear opener and busy Labor Day weekend. The season started out slow with the warm weather and then quickly picked up as the temperatures dropped. He also worked area trout lakes. Enforcement action was taken for an overlimit of stream trout, extra lines, and bear-hunting violations.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a variety of activities around the busy Labor Day weekend. During the week leading up, time was spent checking bear baits, handling complaints, testifying in court, and a assisting with a youth firearms safety class in Babbitt. Anglers, recreational vehicle users, bear hunters, and teal hunters were checked over the weekend. Enforcement action included untagged crayfish traps, extra lines, unattended lines, transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, taking a mallard in a closed season, expired OHM and ATV registration, no helmets on youth passengers, and transporting watercraft with the drain plug in place.

CO Matt Miller (Silver Bay) checked bear baits and bear hunters as the season got off to a warm start. Ample natural food in the woods has hunters frustrated with the lack of activity at many of their bait piles. ATV activity was moderate, and trail repairs continue from summer storm damage. Assistance was given to state park personnel and local agencies. A TIP call was received about an angler in the refuge at French River, but the individual was gone by the time officers arrived. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and angling violations.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports a busy week in Cook County as fall activities are in full swing. Due to abundant natural foods, Hill was concerned the bear harvest would be relatively low over the first few days of the season. However, Hill was pleasantly surprised that the majority of hunters were successful. Although there are still hunters with empty tags, there have been opportunities. A hunter was warned after a few candy wrappers were found in their bait site. Numerous ATV riders were stopped for headlight and registration violations, and traffic stops were initiated for boat plug violations. An uptick of fly anglers was seen.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked bear hunting, early goose, and teal activity during the week. Fishing was still good on many area lakes and state campgrounds were busy with campers enjoying the last bit of summer. Enforcement action was taken for licensing and bear baiting violations.

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