District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Amber Ladd (Aitkin) wrapped up work on a deer case from last fall involving wanton waste with the assistance from a warden in Wisconsin, where the suspect resides. Ladd also helped out a local resident who located a small owl that had flown into a window. The owl has been brought to the taxidermist and will be displayed at the Aitkin High School upon completion.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled trails and lakes for angling and snowmobile activity. Guida checked shelters for licenses and addressed litter complaints. A deer-feeding case was investigated where an individual was cited for a second time for deer feeding in a chronic wasting disease zone. The first citation resulted in a $285 fine.
CO Andrew Dirks (CCSRA) reports checking ice anglers and snowmobilers throughout the week. A detail was worked on Lake of the Woods and Upper Red Lake. Enforcement action for the week included no angling license, extra lines, and unattended lines.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked ice fishing and recreational vehicle activity. Anglers reported fishing was slow and fish that were being caught were small. Common violations observed were extra lines, unattended lines, possession of fillets on special regulation lake and no shelter license.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) checked ice anglers, who were finding it more difficult to catch fish. He checked snowmobilers, who were finding good riding in the area. He also gave the law and ethics talk at a snowmobile safety class.