District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked all-terrain vehicle traffic and sport fishing enforcement. Some lakes are opening up. Guida assisted the sheriff?s office with a traffic stop on a suicidal suspect who had made terroristic threats toward another person.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) was accompanied by COC Nicholas Baum. Sullivan and Baum patrolled for recreational vehicle activity, with violations for too many passengers on a Class 1 ATV, no headlights while operating, allowing illegal operation, no helmet for youth operators/passengers, and operating on a closed forest road. Sullivan and Baum patrolled the Rainy River and observed violations for extra lines, no life-saving device, unserviceable safety equipment, no license in possession, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and underage possession of alcohol.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing counties for angling activity. He also worked a detail on the Rainy River, where numerous violations were encountered. McGowan also assisted local agencies with calls for service.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked ATV, angling and trapping activity. Complaints on the blocking of a stream and deer feeding were also investigated. He also assisted with an off-highway motorcycle accident.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking some panfish anglers who were looking for some early spring panfish. He also patrolled the park for vehicle park permits and illegal vehicle activity. Time was spent patrolling for ATV activity, and many outdoor law-related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Fitzgerald assisted park staff with some illegal trail issues and trail closure issues.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) reports the area lakes are nearly ice-free. Time was spent getting boats ready for the open-water season. He received an otter caught out of season by a beaver trapper.