DNR Report: July 26
Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked boaters and anglers on inland lakes with some nice walleyes seen in the bag. ATV and OHM activity was monitored on area trails and roads. Officer Wahlstrom responded to wolf, bear and beaver complaints. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines, license not in possession, expired ATV registration and angling without a license.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais 2) met with Parks and Trails staffers to check out progress on the GIA ATV trail near Hovland. The officer followed up on a wolf depredation case from last week and assisted Conservation Officer Wahlstrom on a wolf depredation case near Lutsen. Officer Manning also patrolled inland and BWCAW lakes and boat accesses and handled vehicle maintenance issues.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais 1) worked remote work detail in the BWCAW with other officers. Work focused on boat and water safety issues as well as watercraft registration. The passing of the hot, humid weather and thunderstorms in favor of cooler, drier weather was welcomed. The plentiful rain has made for a bumper crop of mosquitoes and flies in the forest.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked fishing and ATV patrols during the week. The unusually warm weather brought lots of people to the shores of Lake Superior to cool off down by the lake. Officer Murray assisted with a car vs. deer collision that set off both airbags on the driver's vehicle.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports spending the week in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness around the Gun Lake area. Many anglers reported having good luck with northern and small mouth bass, and when the fish weren't biting, the mosquitoes and deer flies were. Violations included camping in a non-designated site, and failure to display current registration.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a detail in the BWCAW with Conservation Officer Williams and also worked anglers, boaters and ATVs. Assistance was provided to St Louis county Sheriff's Office in locating and aiding an angler on Birch Lake who had fallen out of his boat and was unable to get back in when it filled with water. He was exhausted but otherwise okay. It is a good reminder to all that life jackets work a lot better when they are worn. Enforcement action was taken for ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet, no fishing license in possession, camping in a non-designated site, operating without required navigational lights after sunset, failure to display boat registration, and no Type IV personal flotation device.