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DNR report: Aug. 13

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outdoors Two Harbors, 55616
Two Harbors Minnesota 109 Waterfront Dr. 55616

Reports filed Sunday from area conservation officers for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) attended firearms and defensive tactics training. A couple of bears are reported to still be looking for food in garbage cans and dumpsters even though there is a bumper crop of berries in the woods. Spent part of the weekend in Grand Marais working the Fisherman's Picnic. Anglers there were having mixed success on the big lake. Several kayakers were saved from receiving citations as they were stopped before putting their unregistered watercraft into the water.

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Kipp Duncan (Duluth) attended a training day focusing on firearms and defensive tactics. Several calls were returned and end of the month office work was completed. A few fishermen were contacted while coming off Lake Superior. Operating ATVs on public roadways continue to be worked.

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Randy Hanzal (Duluth) patrolled for boat and water safety issues on area lakes. One operator was cited for unsafe operation as he was seen repeatedly splashing another personal watercraft with its wake after the second craft had flipped upside down and the occupants were thrown into the water. A public waters violation investigation was completed during the week.

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Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior around Duluth and at the Grand Marais Fisherman's Picnic. Salmon and trout continue to cooperate for many anglers, with an unfortunate number of steelhead being reported and found in anglers live wells due to misidentification. Boaters are reminded to check for the proper safety equipment each time they hit the water to avoid an expensive reminder from an officer. Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.

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Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Unit) worked on equipment maintenance. He checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior from Duluth to Grand Marais. He assisted area officers with extra water traffic associated with the Fisherman's Picnic in Grand Marais. He also checked boaters and anglers on some inland lakes in Cook County. Found some anglers keeping unclipped rainbow trout (steelhead) which is illegal. Make sure you can identify your catch; use the fishing regulation book. Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.

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Marty Stage (Ely) encountered some unregistered canoes and boaters failing to have their flotation devices onboard. A call came in about a juvenile loon with fishing line wrapped around its neck and beak. The following morning, it appeared the resident loon baby may have removed the line by itself because there was no line and it appeared OK.

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Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked boating and fishing and found numerous violations of unregistered kayaks along with expired registration and no angling license. Responded to a bear that a homeowner shot after it broke into his garage to feed on garbage and bird seed. A day was spent for firearms qualification in Hibbing.

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Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area forestry roads for early bear baiting activity. Attended defensive tactics and firearms qualifications, assisted local law enforcement with a domestic assault case, and checked on reports of illegal camping and a vehicle stuck on a beach at Lake Superior. Manning also worked a joint boat patrol with the Forest Service in the BWCAW checking anglers and campers. Enforcement action was taken for illegal off-road operation and no angling license in possession.

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Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) monitored boating and angling activity on Lake Superior where the salmon and trout continue to cooperate. Wahlstrom worked Fishermen's Picnic with area officers and there was a good turnout for the event. Instructed use of force and firearms training to area officers in Hibbing. Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.

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Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior during the Fisherman's Picnic. He patrolled inland lakes. A problem bear call was also taken.

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John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers this past week on area lakes. Also worked in the BWCAW checking anglers and watercraft. He received calls on protected waters violations and wetlands questions. Also worked in the vacant Babbitt station.

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