District 9 Conservation Officer Reports

District 9 Conservation Officer Reports

February 2, 2021 News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

Last updated: 2021-02-01

CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) spent time this past week on various winter activities. Snowmobile traffic was higher this past weekend and lots of folks were out ice fishing. Trapping investigations continue and nuisance-animal calls were handled. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines, illegal-length northern pike, and various license and registration issues.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for angling and snowmobile activity. He also spent time following up on cases from this past fall.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, cross-country skiing and snowmobile activity. A deer-feeding complaint was addressed and outdoor recreation topics were covered on the local radio station. He also assisted Wildlife staff with fur tagging.

CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) checked a few anglers on the ice. It was reported to be a slow bite all over the station. Snowmobilers weren?t much happier, finding rough spots on many trails.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports patrolling the area trails for snowmobile activity. Even with the rough trails, quite a few snowmobilers were out riding and enjoying the nice weather. He checked area lakes and mine pits for fishing activity and answered many outdoor-related questions. Time was spent patrolling the SRA for illegal vehicle activity and checking for state park vehicle permits. Enforcement action for the past week included various fishing, ATV, snowmobile and state park violations.

CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) was accompanied by COC Nicholas Baum this past week. Sullivan and Baum primarily worked sport fishing and recreational vehicle enforcement. Sullivan and Baum observed violations of extra lines, no shelter ID and license, no reflective material on a shelter, angling without a license, no license in possession, tip-up farther away than 200 feet, unattended lines, and failure to tend traps. Sullivan and Baum responded to complaints on small and big game as well.