District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked on Lake Superior with another officer and checked bear baits during the week. Fagerman took complaints on hunters and guides coming in and lying bait where bait had already been set by another hunter. He checked remote inland designated trout lakes using an all-terrain vehicle. He also took reports of active wolves killing a couple of dogs and some chickens and attacking a calf during the week, all in the same area west of Grand Marais. Enforcement action was taken for dumping fish guts into the lake and for cleaning a fish with size restrictions on the lake.
Conservation officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily angling, boating, ATV and aquatic invasive species enforcement, along with working on early bear-baiting activity. A shift was worked on Lake Superior near Duluth with other officers, resulting in several violations including angling without a trout stamp and extra line. Four people from Pennsylvania were contacted fishing on Birch Lake, one using an extra line. The offender said they had not received a regulations booklet. He received a citation as encouragement to know the laws in every state in which he goes fishing. In another instance, a shore angler was checked on a remote lake without a license in possession. A short time later, she was seen leaving the area without her fishing partner. The officers looked her up on the electronic license system, and she had not purchased a license for several years. Within minutes, a new purchase showed up on her file. The officer awaited her arrival and issued a citation for fishing without a license. Other enforcement action taken included ATV registration and transfer violations, off-highway motorcycle violations, no personal flotation devices and a public access parking violation.
Conservation officer Sean Williams (Ely) focused most of the week on remote lakes within the Superior National Forest. Excellent weather meant higher than average canoeing and camping activity midweek. Violations included angling with no license in possession and storing a watercraft at a public landing.
Conservation officer Mary Manning (Hovland) attended L.O.C.K.U.P. (Law Officers Combat Kinetics Unarmed Panoply) instructor training at Camp Ripley. The training will be used to enhance the safety of DNR enforcement officers through the teaching of arrest and control techniques during future in-service trainings. Manning also patrolled Lake Superior and its boat accesses with another officer.
Conservation officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) attended an advanced firearms instructor training at Camp Ripley. He also checked bear bait stations, ATVs and anglers.
Conservation officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked on inland lakes and Lake Superior. Schottenbauer started working on bear bait stations as well. He also spent time monitoring activities on area ATV trails.