District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) stored snowmobile equipment and prepared watercraft equipment for use. Guida investigated a complaint of a dirt bike being illegally operated in the public road ditch, tearing up road approaches. Guida also received a call of an accidentally trapped otter from a beaver trapper.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked a trapping case, prepped watercraft for the open-water season and completed some commercial inspections. Closed forest roads and ATV trails were worked as they are currently closed.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked area lakes for angling activity. McGowan also worked the Rainy River, where numerous boats were observed. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, narcotics, angling with extra lines, keeping walleyes out of season, and numerous boating violations.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) patrolled for early spring activities this week. Some anglers caught fish, but ice conditions are deteriorating fast. ATV trails remain closed and will be until at least the first couple weeks in May. Spring trapping has also picked up.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) checked area lakes. Ice conditions along shorelines are deteriorating quickly. Ice fishing activity was low. Sullivan patrolled spring closure areas and checked for illegal ATV operation. Sullivan also contacted a subject with a warrant. The individual was arrested.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking anglers during the week and weekend. Most reported a slow fish bite and also quickly deteriorating ice conditions. Patrol was done in the SRA for park passes and illegal vehicle activity and time was spent monitoring closed trails in the SRA. Fitzgerald spent time getting summer equipment ready. Many outdoor law-related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Enforcement action was taken for various SRA violations.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked trapping, ATV and angling activity. A swan that apparently hit power lines was recovered and outdoor information was shared on the local radio station.