Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2018-02-12

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd 2) worked sport fishing and miscellaneous nuisance wildlife complaints. An accidentally caught bobcat was turned in and processed for donation to the Minnesota Fur Project. Officer Guida prepared for an upcoming Law Enforcement Officers training in snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle enforcement. Numerous ice shelters were checked and violations were documented for shelter license, reflector, and shelter identification violations.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked ice fishing and snowmobile activity. The officer joined parents and grandparents in helping Rippleside Elementary students build fishing rods prior to an ice-fishing event. A farmer with deer depredation concerns was contacted.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) attended training at Camp Ripley this week for Field Training Officer certification.

CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) worked snowmobile and angling activity this week. Enforcement activity included angling without a valid license, angle with extra lines, no fish house shelter license, expired registrations and fail to transfer snowmobile ownership. While attempting to stop a pair of snowmobiles for no registration, the male took off, leaving his girlfriend behind. Later in the day the officer took a snowmobile trespass call where the snowmobile was abandoned after driving across someone?s septic system in their yard. Upon arrival, the officer recognized it as the same snowmobile that had taken off earlier. While the officer was there, the snowmobile operator got dropped off to pick up the snowmobile by his girlfriend. Charges were filed and the snowmobile was seized.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for angling and snowmobile activity. The lack of new snow has made snowmobiling difficult in some areas. CO McGowan also followed up on cases from this past deer season.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked area lakes and snowmobile trails this past week. Anglers were catching some sunfish and crappies on area lakes but walleye angling success continues to be limited. CO Sullivan also observed people using highway licensed vehicles and ATVs on a grant-in-aid snowmobile trail. They were using the snowmobile trail to access a remote lake. Enforcement action was taken. CO Sullivan also worked litter violations on area lakes due to local tournament activities.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports working trout fishermen throughout the week and weekend with a few nice trout being seen. Area panfish lakes were also checked and that bite appeared to slow with the colder weather. A lot of outdoor law-related questions were answered and assistance was given to a local agency on a call for service. The officer checked area snowmobile trails for activity and the park was patrolled for SRA violations. Several complaints of unauthorized travel on the bike trail were taken and the officer assisted at two different elementary schools with building ice fishing rods for an upcoming fishing event. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing related violations.