District 6 - Two Harbors area
Last updated: 2016-08-23
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports several nuisance bear reports were taken over the week as berries and other natural food sources have become scarce and bird feeders and apple trees become too tempting. One of the reports was of a bear approaching a person who was baiting bears for the upcoming season. The bear refused to leave the site and after a standoff managed to get the bait bucket from the baiter. Officer Williams was asked to come to the bait to observe the bear?s behavior and advise the hunter. When he arrived at the bait the bear was not located but the lost bait bucket was a short distance from the bait. When Officer Williams walked up to the bucket which had been partially covered with pine needles the bear appeared out of the heavy brush and lay next to the bucket, although Officer Williams was only a few yards from the bear it refused to move. After spending time assessing the situation the bucket could not be recovered and the group left the area.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) talked to fishermen and looked for bear baits. Hunters are reminded to register their baits and to follow the rules on. Officer found better compliance with out of state canoe registrations.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers on area inland lakes. The officer also checked bear bait stations and reminds hunters that established bait stations must be registered online within 24 hours or by mail on the next postal service day. The officer also followed up on open bear hunting, littering and vandalism complaints.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked bear baiting activity. Some baiting violations were detected. BWCA entry points are still very busy, and bug conditions are good for camping. Anglers checked during the week were doing okay on several species of fish. Additional violation included no type IV PFD.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) focused enforcement efforts on bear bait stations and angling activity. The officer spent time on Lake Superior checking anglers, some nice trout were seen in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for keeping fish in closed season and license violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked bear baiting and ATV activity during the week. Hints of fall approaching are becoming visible as leaves are slowly starting to change colors in the northland. A commercial bait retailer was inspected and a nuisance beaver call was handled. Enforcement action was taken for ATV licensing violations.