District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Amber Ladd (Aitkin) worked several wetland and shoreline cases, many involving the removal of wild rice. None of the individuals contacted knew it was wild rice and referred to it as removing weeds from the lake. Ladd contacted several boaters and anglers on the water as well as many ATV riders along the trails.
CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) worked ATV, fishing, boating and forestry enforcement this week. A TIP was worked for a possible fish overlimit and assistance was provided for nuisance and injured wildlife. Enforcement action was taken for various ATV and burning violations.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled area lakes for angling and boating activity. Numerous contacts occurred this week with ATV operators who allowed passengers on the ATV without wearing an approved helmet. Guida fielded miscellaneous wildlife-related calls this week, including a deer with growths on its face, an injured bear, and a bald eagle walking around in someone?s yard.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked TIP reports of angling violations on area lakes. Public waters violations were also investigated.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) reports the fish have been biting well on the lakes and Mississippi River. He also spoke at an ATV safety class in Ironton.