District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked anglers and ice shelter removal issues.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked anglers who were hoping for some panfish in the warm weather. Several area lakes have new panfish regulations and most anglers were aware and in support of the change. Anglers were reminded to clean up their trash and assist in removing any they see out on the ice as the snow melts. Most area lakes are looking clean!
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) joined Pequot Lakes Middle School on Sibley Lake for their respective field trips. Youth anglers? experience ranged from zero to kids who brought their own electronics and fishing equipment. All anglers enjoyed the experience and several fish were caught. Sullivan also worked area shelter removal and litter issues.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) checked ice anglers on station lakes. New angling licenses were verified. Lake stewards were observed picking up garbage left behind by lake users. A large amount of construction materials were illegally staged on a public water access for an area residential construction project without a conditional use permit. Enforcement action was taken against the contractor.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing counties for angling activity. He wrapped up field training with a conservation officer candidate. Enforcement action was taken for numerous angling violations.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) responded to fires out of control. Burning permits are required in most areas and it?s looking to be a long, dry spring so use caution when burning. Enforcement action was taken for burning prohibited materials, no fishing license, and expired ATV registration.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking anglers in the recreation area. A few were having some luck catching trout and panfish, but most were just happy to be outside with the warm weather. Park staff were assisted with a park issue and park permits were checked throughout the week and weekend. He received a call to respond to a local DNR office where some damage had been reported. Fitzgerald met with the local agency and was told the culprit had broken out a lower window in the building but could not gain entry. The culprit then went to the entrance doors by jumping up two layers of landscaping and broke another window but could not get into the building. The culprit then tried another window and, with no luck there either, jumped off the steps on to a lower roof and fled the scene. The witnesses only description of the culprit was that it had four legs, hooves, brown fur and a fluffy white tail. DNR staff were contacted to secure the windows and the culprit is still running free. Why it wanted to get inside the building is a mystery. Enforcement action for the week included various SRA, ATV and fishing violations.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) completed Division training. Many lakes in the station have new regulations that started March 1. He encourages everyone to review the new limits before heading out to the lake.