District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2016-06-28

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing and boating enforcement and safety. Numerous boating violations were detected over the weekend as part of the State wide enforcement project Operation Dry Water. Officer Guida was interviewed by a reporter regarding a baby loon that was picked up from the wild. The individual who had picked the loon up was advised to immediately return it to the water. The loon was reunited with its adult. Garbage and bird feeders are still being ransacked by hungry bears.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, aquatic vegetation and invasive species enforcement. Various animal related calls were also handled.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) spent time working the national Operation Dry Water campaign, checking boaters on area lakes where a number of unsafe activities were addressed. The officer also monitored lake accesses for aquatic invasive species, investigated a call of possible illegal lake dredging and issued a permit for a road killed bear.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked boating and angling enforcement throughout the week. CO McGowan also answered numerous TIP complaints and general angling questions. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boating violations.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week of responding to nuisance bear, bobcat, deer, and fox issues, patrol of area lakes, the Mississippi river, the Crow Wing State Forest, and the Cuyuna Country State Recreational area for fishing, boating, OHV activity, and other recreational uses. An unusual issue involving a mine pit lake with a rising basin and a neighbor blocking other neighbors from accessing the lake was investigated. Local police and sheriff were assisted with a drug/DAR arrest and storm related issues, an illegal rope swing problem was addressed in the CCSRA, and an ongoing illegal ATV operation / damage to public road problem was handled. Enforcement contacts were made for violations including miscellaneous boating safety equipment and registration, fishing licenses not in possession, no trout stamps, dogs off leash in the CCSRA, allowing youths to illegally operate ATVs causing damage to public property, and ATV registration.

Cuyuna SRA - vacant.