DNR Report: June 20
District 6 Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that the mosquitos are worse than anything he remembers seeing in his lifetime. If you breathe through your mouth, you can get enough to eat so you don’t have to stop for lunch. No repellent seems to work very long with these beasts and the bright sun doesn’t seem to deter them. Keep moving and think of the frigid winter we just had. The officer worked a remote BWCA detail and enforcement activity included fishing and boating violations.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) continued to work invasive species enforcement and with local trappers on nuisance beaver issues. Calls were received about abandoned fawn deer that were found not to have been abandoned at all. It is normal for does to leave their fawns alone for several hours at a time. It is best to leave the fawns alone when found.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reported that there has been a recent increase in nuisance animal reports in the Ely area. Williams has been advising people to remove food sources like bird feeders and trash cans from their yards, and to be especially attentive while driving at dusk and dawn. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license in possession and failure to display registration.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked with other officers, enforcement and rescue crews during the Basswood Lake rescue of stranded Boy Scouts whose canoe swamped in rough seas. Officers Stage and Bermel were the first boat on- scene. They worked with the U.S. Forest Service Beaver pilot and a Lake County deputy to retrieve two cold, soaked young Boy Scouts and their dad. The state patrol helicopter crew arrived to rescue the two other adults from the same party. The conditions were so rough that a large wave washed over the gunwale and sank the officers’ 16- foot boat at the shoreline as the victims were being loaded aboard. The rescue was interrupted for a time as the two officers had to “un-sink” the boat before they could transport the wet, waiting Boy Scouts to the U.S. Forest Service Beaver, which was waiting to fly the group to the Ely hospital.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted U.S. Fish and Wildlife on a case in Silver Bay. The officer took a call of a fawn sleeping on a family’s porch. The caller left the animal undisturbed, kept her own children away and the fawn’s mother returned later that night and retrieved it. Officer Manning attended a dinner for volunteer safety instructors, assisted with the hunter education field day and followed up on reports of illegal ATV operation and wanton waste of fish.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sergeant Keith Olson (Marine Unit) spent time on watercraft maintenance, checked anglers on the North Shore, assisted the Duluth Police Department with a possible armed, suicidal female, worked ATV enforcement in the Cloquet Valley State Forest and checked inland stream trout anglers.Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior and worked aquatic invasive species enforcement along the big lake. Several warnings were given to out-of-state boaters who were unaware of the regulations pertaining to AIS transport laws. A possession permit was issued for a car- hit deer and equipment maintenance was handled on watercraft. Assistance was given to a local agency with a report of an overturned boat on Lake Superior. Enforcement action was taken for angling, AIS, and ATV violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) spent the week checking boaters, anglers, ATV activity, and working AIS enforcement. Time was also spent on paperwork and getting reports into the county attorney’s office.