District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
RELEASE – (5/11/21) email@example.com
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked fishing, ATV and spring burning activities this past week. Pay attention to trail status, as spring closures are still in effect in some areas. Enforcement action was taken for no helmets, ATV registration issues, operating on closed trails, burning during a ban, and no fishing license.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked area lakes for spring angling activity and the high influx of ATV activity. Ladd also handled a call of wolf depredation and patrolled spring beaver-trapping activity.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled the station to monitor angling bites. Some folks are catching crappies. Despite nice weather, turkey hunting success was limited over the past week. Guida also performed maintenance on issued equipment.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked ATV and OHM activity in the Foothills State Forest. He also worked sport fishing TIP calls, nuisance-bear complaints and public water violations. Assistance was also provided for an ATV crash with injuries. Violations observed included possession of a controlled substance, failure to display registration as required and illegal operation of a hydro jet.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing county lakes for angling activity. McGowan also spent time on the Rainy River checking sturgeon anglers. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boating violations.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking area lakes for anglers trying their luck for panfish. He also checked designated trout lakes for illegal fishing on those closed lakes. Patrol was done for illegal ATV and vehicle activity in the park and time was spent with park staff working on problem areas in the park. Many outdoor law-related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend.