District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked cases involving illegal alterations in public waters. Sullivan also worked recreational boating and angling activity on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for operating a weed roller without a permit, altering the cross section of a public water and no angling license.
CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) reports checking boaters and ATV riders in the area. Wetland and public-water violations were investigated. Nuisance-animal calls were also handled.
CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) took enforcement action this week for numerous boating and ATV/OHM violations. On Saturday, Best pulled into a parking area at the Spider Lake ATV trails and watched an adult male on a Class 1 ATV come up out of the gravel pit and proceed to spin donuts in the main travel path of the trail and near where several vehicles were parked along the sides. As Best approached to make contact, the operator did a slow tip and landed the machine on its side right in front of Best?s squad vehicle. After it was determined there were no injuries or damage to the machine, the driver took his citation for careless operation without complaint. There were no other operators in the vicinity of the parking area or gravel pit when Best concluded the contact.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) spent time on the ATV this week, checking riders and trail conditions. He looked into complaints of public-water violations. Anglers were finding the fishing good for catfish and bass.