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DNR Report: Dec. 20

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District 6 - Two Harbors area

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports that very cold weather held on for another week in Ely, with air temperatures reaching down to the -20s and wind chill lows as cold as -40. Snowmobile trails have been groomed and a few snowmobiles are taking advantage of a good amount of snow. Violations included angling without a license in possession and failing to display valid ATV registration.

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Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked the last of the muzzleloader deer season and found it to be pretty quiet and very cold. The slush on the lakes is freezing a bit and the snowmobilers are beginning to venture out, but the trails are very rough. The public is reminded to register snowmobiles BEFORE going out to ride.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that few people are taking advantage of the early season snowmobile opportunities. The snow and slush have made ice thickness unpredictable, as the officer found 11 inches of ice, moved 50 yards and found five inches. A few anglers have ventured out in the extreme cold to try their luck, but fishing has been very slow.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) followed up on baiting cases from the past season. The officer also helped prepare fur for sale by the Division of Enforcement and, after a difficult deer season, took a report of wanton waste of a deer near Hovland.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked snowmobile enforcement, ice anglers, and muzzleloader deer season throughout the week. More activity is starting up on area lakes, but there is still lots of slush and areas of thin ice. Court was attended in Cass County for an ATV DWI arrest from last winter’s Eelpout Festival. A snowmobiler was stopped for failure to stop at a road crossing and was subsequently arrested on a warrant. Enforcement action included failure to stop at a road crossing, expired snowmobile registration, failure to transfer ownership, and operation on a county road. 

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) monitored snowmobile trails and ice anglers. The snowmobile trails are in excellent condition with the new snow along the North Shore. The officer finished up an ongoing big game investigation that occurred during the bear season. 

Lake Superior Marine Unit

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Marine Unit) attended a U.S. Coast Guard Duluth port meeting and dealt with a bobcat that took up a winter residence under someone’s deck. He also checked snowmobilers in the Duluth area, worked a special detail in the Ely area, assisted the Duluth Police Department with a burglary in progress call and checked anglers in the Duluth harbor.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Marine Unit) wrapped up deer season cases and prepped equipment for winter. Ice conditions are variable with the heavy snow on top of the new ice. Everyone is urged to be careful. Meetings were attended in St. Paul for the strategic plan project. Enforcement action was taken for big game and snowmobile violations.

Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) checked anglers and snowmobilers throughout the week. He worked on reports, performed equipment maintenance and attended training.

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