Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reportMinnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer reports filed Sunday, May 20, 2012
Dan Thomasen of Two Harbors responded to a wolf depredation incident in which a wolf attempted to carry off a pot-bellied pig. The squealing of the pig and quick response of the owner caused the wolf to drop the pig and retreat into the forest. The pig should make a full recovery. Thomasen continued to work on background investigations for the next round of conservation officers to be hired. A day was spent in training at Camp Ripley as well.
John Velsvaag of Ely checked anglers and assisted with an ongoing public waters violation restoration on an area lake. He also assisted with a fire near Ely and checked for compliance at several boat accesses for transporting water and removing boat plugs when trailering watercraft.
Marty Stage of Ely spent time working in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and encountered multiple violations of ATVs driving on the road. Another common observation was the lack of lights on boats after sunset. If your lights don’t work or if you don’t have lights, you need to be off the water by sunset.
Darin Fagerman of Grand Marais responded to another part of the state for Wild Land Arson Team duties. He continued intensive aquatic invasive species enforcement issuing citations for failing to pull drain plugs from boats and for transporting water in a boat. Enforcement action was taken for burning violations, illegal length coaster brook trout, no fishing license in possession, and for a shortage of life jackets.
Mary Manning of Hovland worked with volunteer instructors teaching ATV safety classes in Grand Marais and Silver Bay. She checked anglers and boaters on inland lakes and investigated a couple suspicious fires. She also assisted with the fire in neighboring Ely.
Thomas Wahlstrom of Tofte worked an aquatic invasive species detail with other officers. Overall compliance was good and most seemed to be supportive of the increased enforcement. Wahlstrom gave a presentation on ATV laws and regulations to an ATV safety class in Sliver Bay. He attended taser training at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken for invasive species, ATV and watercraft violations.