District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked fishing, turkey hunting, trapping, burning, and ATV activity this past week. Enforcement action was taken for trapping issues, no fishing licenses, ATV-registration issues, operating an ATV in a wetland, and targeting game fish out of season. Assistance was provided for illegal burning. Two ATV safety classes were conducted. Littering along ATV trails was the biggest issue this past week.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked area lakes and ATV trails. Sullivan also assisted at an OHM crash with injuries in the Foothills State Forest.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Crow Wing County lakes for angling activity. Anglers are starting to find some crappies in the shallow bays.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking the state recreation area for illegal vehicle and ATV activity. Time was spent checking the closed mine pits for illegal fishing activity, with several enforcement actions for fishing in a closed trout lake for other species. Assistance was given to park staff with a camper not paying and violating other campground rules. Time was spent looking into who spray painted graffiti in one of the SRA parking areas. Enforcement action was taken for various SRA and fishing violations.