District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked anglers and boaters in and out of the BWCA and the Stony Spur ATV trail. Assistance was provided to a neighboring officer on nuisance bear issues. A complaint of a dog chasing deer and possibly killing a fawn is under investigation. Enforcement action was taken for operation of an unregistered off-highway motorcycle, no fishing license in possession, no throwable floatation device on watercraft, and making a new campsite in the BWCA. Reminder: A fishing license does no good when left back at the cabin, campsite, or vehicle; you must have it with you when angling.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked ATV and fisherman enforcement. Time was spent checking canoeists in the BWCAW. Officers have noticed that motor boats are operating more frequently without lights after sunset. Increased enforcement attention is planned to get compliance back to a reasonable level. Reminder: Check your lights well before sunset to make sure they are working. Just because they worked last time is no insurance that they will work tonight.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reported that the canoe and camping season is in full swing, with a large influx of people arriving in the Ely area. Angling reports were good with mostly northerns being caught and limited walleye luck. Violations included illegal operation of an off-highway motorcycle, and operation of an unregistered water craft.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted in extinguishing a suspicious grass fire in a county road ditch. The officer also assisted Cook County with a successful search for a missing backpacker. A check of several campsites indicated to the officer that “leave no trace” means different things to some hikers. Metal cans, disposable heater packs and partially burned freeze-dried food packaging were recovered during the search. Anglers and boaters were checked on inland lakes. The officer also followed up on calls about a moose calf sleeping on the Gunflint Trail roadway, nuisance beaver and illegal fishing activity.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a joint patrol with an 1854 Treaty officer over the weekend. Murray responded to a grass fire that quickly spread, but was extinguished by the Two Harbors Fire Department before any property was damaged. Enforcement action was taken for burning without a permit. Several wildlife calls were handled during the week, ranging from nuisance bears to baby fawns being found. Most fawns are not orphaned. The doe will leave her young for up to several hours in order to feed and then come back for the fawn.