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DNR report: Aug. 26

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Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) presented a 50-year service award to a volunteer firearm safety instructor. Annual fall training was attended, which focused on firearms and defensive tactics. Bear baiting activity is going strong with many hunters reporting strong bear activity. Boating and angling activity have slowed, but many people are still out enjoying the nice water and weather.

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Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked boating and fishing enforcement within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with Officer Stage. Violations of no boat registration, insufficient flotation devices, no angling license, transport of fish without skin patch, and possessing a small amount of marijuana were found. Injured car deer calls were handled. It appears deer are beginning to move more. Fishing remains slow throughout the area.

John Velsvaag (Ely) checked bear baits and anglers this past week. Some baits were being hit and bear complaints are starting up. Received training and answered questions from several moose hunters.

Marty Stage (Ely) did a canoe patrol in the Boundary Waters. Violations encountered included a fair number of no fishing licenses in possession, no life jackets, possession of marijuana, dumping fish carcasses in the water in front of campsites, and unregistered canoes. You need to have your canoe registered even if it may not be required in your home state and you need to have your fishing license in possession when fishing.

North Shore

Mary Manning (Hovland) answered numerous calls and questions about bear baiting and checked bait stations. Responded to two situations involving individuals unhappy about bait stations close to their "spots." All were reminded that public land is open to everyone regardless of who hunted it the previous season. Manning also checked ATV trails and remote lake accesses -- two boats stored on public land will be seized and removed.

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