District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) continued field training with a conservation officer candidate. McGowan worked Crow Wing County lakes, Upper Red Lake, and Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for numerous angling violations.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked sport fishing and snowmobile activity this past week. Numerous folks were out enjoying the outdoors. Enforcement action was taken for no shelter license, no shelter identification, illegal-length northern pike, angling with extra lines, unattended lines, failure to display ATV and snowmobile registration, failure to renew snowmobile registration, and failure to transfer ownership of an ATV/snowmobile within 15 days. One vintage sled operator was given some mechanical assistance after he mistakenly bumped his machine?s cut-off switch. Having the same experience once himself, Guida pushed the switch and the sled started right up. The operator appreciated the assistance.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking snowmobile riders during the past week and weekend. The trails were rough by the end of the weekend but there were still quite a few sleds out. Time was spent checking anglers on area lakes and a few fish were seen. Fitzgerald also checked for anglers on the closed trout lakes; they?re closed until the trout season is open. Calls of illegal fishing activity, suspicious dead deer and trespassing were fielded. Time was also spent patrolling the CCSRA for after-hours use and parking permits. Lots of law-related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Enforcement action was taken for fishing violations and illegal vehicle activity on grant-in-aid trails.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, spearing, snowmobile and ATV activity.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked area ice fishing and snowmobiling activity. Anglers reported some success fishing and variable ice conditions. Sullivan observed several violations including unattended lines, extra lines, failure to display registration as required, underage alcohol consumption and possession of controlled substances.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked fishing, trapping and snowmobile enforcement this past week. A deer-season investigation was wrapped up with action taken for lend/borrow and site-tagging issues. She also dealt with license violations and registration issues. Commercial bait harvest investigations remain open.