DNR Report: Dec. 2Reports filed Sundays by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers.
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) reports that opening day of fisher/pine marten season had less than desirable weather, causing some trappers to wait a day. Even though weather was less than ideal, fur was being found in traps by Sunday for those who set on Saturday. Worked on some ongoing trapping cases from previous years. Equipment issues were tended to as the change of seasons is in high gear. Enforcement action was taken for trapping-related issues including no blaze orange and license not in possession. Hopefully trappers will easily transition into the requirement to validate site tags for fisher and pine marten.
Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) reports that he continued to work on a dumping investigation. Finished work on violations from the deer season. Cited an individual for operating an ATV on Highway 61.
Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked trapping activity during the week. Took care of seasonal maintenance and storage issues. A few people were taking advantage of some decent weather for a little late-season grouse hunting.
Mary Manning (Hovland) prepared equipment for the upcoming snow season and handled other equipment maintenance. Checked traps and answered ATV and trapping questions.
Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time at Camp Ripley to help organize and set up active shooter training for in-service. Worked muzzleloader hunters and checked traps during the openers this weekend. As the ice is forming on area lakes people are urged to use caution before venturing out.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked commercial anglers on Lake Superior who dealt with multiple days of changing weather conditions. Assistance was given to conservation officer Thomasen with deer cases. ATV violations were handled and questions were answered in reference to upcoming fisher/marten trapping seasons.