District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) continued field training with a conservation officer candidate. The officers spent time patrolling Crow Wing and Cass county lakes and snowmobile trails. McGowan also spent time following up on big-game cases from last fall. Enforcement action was taken for numerous violations.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) checked a lot of snowmobile riders out in the warmer weather. Many riders were seen enjoying the trails. Anglers were starting to move their fish houses off the lakes before the March 1 deadline.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling and snowmobile activity. Training was attended and an incidental fisher and deer-feeding complaint were handled.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked sport fishing and snowmobile enforcement this past week. He also attended training. Snowmobile operators are reminded to stay on the bottom or outside slope of the ditch when operating near public roadways.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking ice anglers throughout the past week and weekend. A few were having some luck and most were just trying to get out after the cold previous weeks. Time was spent patrolling arear snowmobile trails where lots of folks were out enjoying the nice weather. Fitzgerald also attended training and answered multiple outdoor law-related questions. Patrol was also done in the state recreation area for illegal vehicle activity and for park permits.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) spent time patrolling area snowmobile trails and angling activity. Ladd also worked a case where a wolf was shot and left on the side of the road to look like a roadkill.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked fishing and snowmobile enforcement this past week. A gross misdemeanor trespassing and hunter-harassment case was wrapped up. Enforcement action was taken for license and registration issues, no shelter tags and snowmobile trespass.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked ice fishing activity on area lakes. The majority of activity was observed on Gull Lake. Sullivan detected several violations including extra lines, unattended lines, no angling license, underage consumption and possession of a controlled substance.