Conservation Officer Reports
By: Ben Aberg email@example.com (7/14/20)
Brainerd, MN — CO Tim Collette (Brainerd West) spent time patrolling area lakes enforcing recreational boating laws and checking anglers. The No. 1 boating complaint continues to be wake board boats not being responsible for their wakes. Shoreline erosion and damage to equipment tied to docks are the major complaints. Collette also worked high-use ATV areas in the Foothills State Forest area and assisted with a work detail in the Outing/Remer area.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked the area lakes and ATV trails. Boating safety was a primary focus while on the water. Enforcement action was taken for no life jackets, no navigation lights and registration violations. On area trails and road rights of way, Sullivan detected a large number of OHMs that were not registered as required.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked boating, PWC, and angling activity. Lakebed alteration and aquatic vegetation removal were also monitored. Assistance was given to the Aitkin Police Department with a call of careless, erratic driving in the hospital parking lot, which resulted in a DWI.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked boat and water enforcement this past week. A large number of boaters were contacted and most had safety equipment in place. Some anglers checked did not have angling licenses as required. Guida followed up on AIS watercraft inspector reports where boaters did not submit to having watercraft and/or water-related equipment checked. Citations were issued. A report was received of numerous wild berries being found out in the forest, which is the likely cause of a recent decrease in nuisance-bear complaints received.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) spent the past week as a trapping instructor for the Academy. Many people were out on the water for the weekend, enjoying fishing and boating. The fishing seemed a little slow, but the weather was great for being outside.