District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked area recreational vehicle complaints and activity. Sullivan also checked angling activity and assisted local police departments with miscellaneous calls for service.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled area lakes for angling activity. ]Due to recent warm weather, ice in the area has been deteriorating rapidly. A complaint of ATVs operating on a grant-in-aid trail during closure was investigated. Numerous ATVs were contacted operating on the closed ATV trail. Someone who didn?t agree with the closure had removed the ?trail closed? sign at the trailhead, but it was located in the woods. ATV trails are set to open Saturday, May 1. Any operation prior can cause excessive damage to the trail bed. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling and ATV activity. A token of appreciation was presented to a volunteer firearms safety instructor for 40 years of teaching and mentoring.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) checked late-season ice anglers. Ice conditions are deteriorating quickly. McGowan also attended training and completed follow-up from last year?s deer season.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) spent time at Camp Ripley for firearms training. There are still some anglers out chasing panfish on the ice. ATVs were checked on the roads, but the trails aren?t open yet. Most of the forest roads are closed.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking area lakes and mine pits for fishing activity throughout the week and weekend. He assisted park staff with people illegally out biking and walking on closed trails that had caused damage. He patrolled for illegal vehicle and ATV traffic in the park and also checked for vehicle permits. Time was spent assisting at a training at Camp Ripley. Many outdoor law-related questions were fielded. Enforcement action for the week included various SRA violations.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) took enforcement action this week for OHM and ATV violations. Nuisance-wildlife calls were also handled. ATV trails will be closed for several weeks to come for spring thaw.