DNR Report: August 2Reports filed by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers
Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports fall weather arrived over the weekend and angling activity was slow between rain storms. Those who braved the weather were rewarded with at least some luck with walleyes. Officer Williams also investigated a possible wolf depredation incident north of Ely.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked mainly fishing and boating enforcement during the week. Enforcement action was taken for possessing a northern in the protected slot, unregistered watercraft, personal flotation device violations, personal watercraft violations and no fishing license in possession. Questions regarding upcoming big game seasons were answered.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) observed two wolf puppies cross the road under the watchful eye of their mother. The mother crossed first and waited for the pups to cross before they went off into the woods. Not an hour later, the officer observed a small girl cross a busy highway while her mother was busy looking at her smartphone screen on the other side of the road. Luckily, she crossed in a crosswalk and traffic saw her dart out into the highway. The mother looked up briefly when she heard the vehicles slowing down, but then went back to whatever was interesting her on the smart screen. Sometimes animals are smarter than we are.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers, ATVs and off-highway motorcycle activity. Anglers on the big pond are enjoying the salmon bite as it picks up. A few nice lakers were also seen in the bag. The officer worked a boat and water detail with the Coast Guard, Border Patrol and Cook County Sheriff’s office during the Dragon Boat Festival in the Grand Marais harbor.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) followed up on a wolf depredation case and took a call on treble hook use near Lake Superior tributaries and a call regarding a nuisance bear in the BWCAW. Campers in the area of the bear were advised of the hazard. Anglers on inland waters were checked, as were boaters. Officer Manning also took a call regarding a conflict over a boater approaching some loon chicks; anglers and boaters are reminded that approaching to what may seem like a nonthreatening distance to them may in fact be stressful for wild animals and birds.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked fishing activity on inland lakes and Lake Superior. Enforcement action was taken for no trout stamp, no angling license in possession, and possession of an illegal steelhead. Officer Murray also responded to a call that came in to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office of a possible finding of human remains at a local campground. The officer quickly determined that they were animal remains much to the relief of the campers in the area.