DNR Report: Aug. 15
Conservation officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) attended the Minnesota Forest Zone Trappers Association convention in Embarrass over the weekend. At the convention, Williams and another officer spoke to trapper education students about ethics and their role in conservation. Angling and recreational boating activity remains high with another stretch of warm weather. Violations included angling without a license, and operating an unregistered boat.
Conservation officer Mary Manning (Hovland) attended firearms instructor training at Camp Ripley. She also assisted Lake County with a call about an armed suicidal male who had made threats against law enforcement officers.
Conservation officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) patrolled in the BWCA. All species of fish were biting well. Lake levels have dropped by about two feet in the last month to more normal late summer levels. Enforcement action for the week included operating an ATV on a road with a cancelled driver’s license, failure to stop at an intersection, transporting fillets without a skin patch and no license in possession.
Conservation officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) spent the week assisting with a western fire. Schottenbauer also answered some phone calls from the public that could be addressed via phone. Schottenbauer also reviewed paperwork from the field training process.
Conservation officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers, responded to nuisance animal complaints and monitored ATV trails in Silver Bay. The officer worked a task force detail on Lake Superior. Enforcement action was taken for boating, angling and OHM violations.
Conservation officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating activity during the week. A few calm days allowed more access to Lake Superior than the previous weeks. Anglers were catching a few lake trout but very few salmon. Murray also responded to a report of a road killed wolf on Highway 61 and answered questions regarding bear season regulations.