District 6 - Two Harbors area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports that he along with other DNR officials attended and testified at the Wildlife Research Institute hearing in St. Paul. Officer Williams was made aware of a possible incident where a barred owl attacked a resident, although the story could not be confirmed as no one involved had yet stepped forward. Violations included litter, operating an unregistered snowmobile, and fail to display snowmobile registration.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) ran the lakes checking for fish houses in peril and seeing how bad the lakes were. There were places beyond description. It?s bad and be careful. The trails are fantastic, but beware of creeks and lakes. There is so much snow on the ice that it is like the officer experienced with ?overflow? on the rivers in Alaskan arctic. After being stuck many times and being soaked from the slush, the officer can?t stress enough to travel in groups and stay away from the back bays and other usual bad spots. If you do go off trail, bring a shovel, rubber boots, extra gloves, and a long rope.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) took several calls and talked to people about the slush conditions on area lakes. Snow is very deep on many lakes and slush can come up fast after holes are drilled. The CO recommends carrying snowshoes to be able to walk out on if you get stuck. With knee deep snow on the lakes, walking any distance becomes a greater challenge. It is best not to travel alone, let people know where you are going and when they can expect you back. It is recommended to cut your fishing day shorter because being stuck in the slush is bad, being stuck in the slush in the dark is even worse. There is no greater stress test than the workout you get when getting your snowmobile out of the slush.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) attended a conference for training officers. Manning also patrolled snowmobile trails and area lakes and took calls regarding deer on Lake Superior?s ice and cross country ski passes.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) testified in court and worked with the St. Louis County attorney?s office on other cases. Snow conditions are great, but temperatures remained bitterly cold making for a slow week of snowmobile activity. Ice houses were monitored for removal and litter. Enforcement action was taken for fail to transfer snowmobile ownership, fail to stop at road crossing, and fail to display trail sticker. Reminder to purchase your 2014 fishing license, as the 2013 licenses are now expired.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time on his patrol snowmobile working trails and checking backcountry trout lakes. Time was spent in the vacant Silver Bay station as well. Mandatory online training was completed and lesson plans for the upcoming in-service were prepared.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile and angling activity during the week and responded to several car injured deer calls. Deep snow along the North Shore has increased deer activity along area roads and trails. Areas of deep slush have again reappeared on area lakes making lake travel a challenge for anglers.
Silver Bay - vacant.