District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2015-09-01

CO Sean Williams (Ely) continued to focus on bear baiting activity and angling. The number of registered bear baits doubled over the week but warmer weather seems to have slowed bear activity at the baits. Angling activity remained low but many anglers were having good success.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) continued to check bear baiting activity, guides and soon to be hunters. Questions on nuisance bears were answered. An ATV patrol led the CO back into very remote areas and many of the designated trout lakes were found to be empty.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) again helped teach firearms and arrest and control tactics at annual training at Camp Ripley. Officer Manning also checked bear bait stations prior to the start of the season on Tuesday. CO Manning also checked ATVs and anglers and took calls on nuisance bears

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily bear baiting and angling/boating enforcement through the week. One angler was trolling crankbaits, and as the CO approached he quickly tried to subtly reel in his second line. When the angler realized he wasn?t going to get all the line in before getting caught, he broke the line. Not only did he fail to get out of the extra line citation, he was out a $9 Rapala. Enforcement action for the week included angle with extra lines, no PFDs, fail to display watercraft registration, no navigational lights after sunset, no license in possession, and no OHM registration. A litter case is ongoing.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked bear bait stations. Time was spent on angling, boating, and ATV activity as well. While CO Schottenbauer was out on a traffic stop he noticed the sound of air leaving his truck tire. He was able to find a safe place to change the tire off the highway. It was turning out to be a rough day but when he pulled out of the parking area he happened to check an angler that had showed up while he was working, only to find the angler was without a license or a required trout stamp. Rough day for all.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking bear baiting activity. Nuisance wildlife calls continue to come in and are were dealt with. ATV activity was worked throughout the week as well.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) responded to nuisance bear and wolf complaints during the week and checked anglers on Lake Superior. Bear baits were checked and a call of illegally taking geese was investigated. Murray also attended several days of fall enforcement training at Camp Ripley.