District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2015-08-04

CO Sean Williams (Ely) patrolled areas of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. High winds made for some very dangerous boating conditions and as a result only a few anglers were seen or checked. Violations included failure to display canoe registration, and take fish with an unattended line.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) observed the occupant of an oncoming vehicle throw litter out the vehicle?s window, and a stop was made for the violation. CO Stage didn?t say a word and the passenger quickly hung his head and admitted throwing two beer bottles out his window. He said it was stupid for him to have done it since he was just blocks from home. The occupants went back and searched for the bottles, found them, and traded them for a ticket.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) helped teach Defensive Tactics to Conservation Officer Candidates at Camp Ripley. The officer checked ATVers and a pair of dirt bike riders who had taken the state highway rather than trailering to get to a place to ride. In addition to having bikes that weren?t street legal they were also lacking motorcycle endorsements. CO Manning also assisted Cook County in a search and rescue of a pair of canoeists in the BWCA; they were located in good health and re-united with the rest of their party.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked ATV, AIS, angling, and big game enforcement throughout the week. Nuisance bear calls continue to come in spite of the large crop of blueberries and raspberries. Grouse are showing up with 1-2 bird clutches being observed. Enforcement action included cutting firewood without a state permit, unregistered ATV, no PFDs, and failure to have required navigational lights after sunset.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and ATV activity. CO Schottenbauer handled a few bear and eagle complaints and assisted local law enforcement with a domestic violence complaint.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and ATV activity during the week. The warm weather was great for recreation opportunities but catching remained slow for the fish bite. Murray also took calls of nuisance bear activity and the illegal removal of a beaver dam effecting lake levels.