District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) spent time this past week patrolling snowmobile trails and checking angling activity. Several contacts were made for extra lines, snowmobile-registration issues and speed.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling and snowmobile activity. Assistance was given to the sheriff?s office with an alcohol-related snowmobile accident.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) started Phase 2 of field training with a new conservation officer. The officers primarily worked sport fishing and recreational vehicle enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, no shelter ID/license, no reflective material on a shelter, no license in possession while angling, unattended lines, small amount marijuana and paraphernalia, failure to display registration, expired registration, and failure to stop at a stop sign.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked snowmobiling and ice fishing activity in the area. Snowmobile trails continue to be usable but in need of additional snowfall. Area lakes continue to build ice and anglers have been able to navigate well. Several litter cases continue to be investigated.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) saw far fewer people out with the cold weather. The fishing stayed about the same, which was slow. A few anglers in the right spots had plenty of crappies and bluegills. Snowmobile use was down. The trails are a little rough and could use fresh snow.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports working the state recreation area for fishing activity throughout the past week and weekend. With the bitter cold, only a handful of folks were out trying their luck for trout. Snowmobile activity was also monitored throughout the week and weekend with a few people out enjoying the trails. The trails could use some more snow. Patrol was done throughout the SRA for vehicle permits and illegal vehicle activity. Many bikers were out enjoying the nice trails.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked big-game investigations this past week. Guida offered court trial witness testimony in a past snowmobile violation case. A big-game investigation was completed where an individual purchased a big-game license and registered a deer six minutes after the purchase. The license was determined to be invalid and the both individuals involved in the lend/borrow violation were subject to enforcement action, including a $500 penalty for restitution.