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Duluth News Tribune file

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and fishing activity during the week. Warm weather has slowed fishing success and spurred more water recreation activities. Murray took calls of nuisance wildlife complaints and followed up on state campground violations.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked at Camp Ripley for another week. He assisted with Academy 18 firearms training.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent time patrolling for ATV activity in Ely. Heavy use was observed over the Blueberry/Arts Festival weekend and with it came a high violation rate. Violations included failure to display ATV registration, operating an OHM on a roadway and operating an unregistered OHM.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely 2) checked anglers this past week. He also handled multiple complaints about nuisance animals and fielded informational calls. Velsvaag also attended a meeting at which public access issues were discussed.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted with firearms training at the Enforcement Academy at Camp Ripley. Manning also answered questions on BWCAW camping and regulations, handled a report of an injured hawk and conducted patrols in an area of ATV complaints.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily lakes in and out of the BWCA and ATV enforcement. Bermel watched a group of four anglers in two boats each fishing with extra lines. Upon approach, they all tried to quickly reel in their extra lines. A citation was issued to each. Other enforcement action included no navigational lights after sunset, expired watercraft registration, no personal floatation device and cans in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) assisted with firearms training at the CO Academy.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked the upper shore of Lake Superior in the Grand Marais area. Water temperatures are still relatively cold and some anglers are having decent success. Olson worked the area lakes north of Duluth with a focus on boating safety enforcement and PWC hours of operation in the evenings.

He followed up on a complaint of a bear that has been causing a ruckus since the spring and assisted the sheriff's office with calls for service during the week.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers around Silver Bay and Grand Marais. Questions were answered about upcoming fishing and hunting seasons. Miller also worked a boat and water detail with a county sheriff's office. Training items were completed and preparation done for upcoming FTO work. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.

Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.

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