District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) handled numerous burning complaints and a few nuisance-animal calls. Enforcement action was taken this week for no helmets, expired registration, allowing operation of unregistered watercraft, allowing a smoldering fire, and activities involving illegal fireworks.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled for all-terrain vehicle activity and illegal burning. He also monitored activity including early bear baiting. Guida assisted the local ATV club in instructing approximately 30 youth in all-terrain vehicle operation at an ATV safety class. Enforcement action was taken on an operator of a Class 2 ATV who stated he was operating his side-by-side 68 miles per hour down the highway. In addition to careless operation, the operator was advised the local road authority ordinance restricts operation to 30 miles or less on that county road.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) attended a kids fishing day on Gull Lake. Youth anglers were taken out on Gull Lake with area law enforcement officers as their guides. The competition was strong. A youth angler guided by Brainerd and Crosby police department officers took the largest-fish honors. Sullivan also patrolled area lakes and ATV trails.
CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) reports checking ATV riders, bear hunters, and wild rice harvesters. Wild rice opener turnout was low due to low water, unripe rice in many areas, and windy conditions. Enforcement action was taken for wetland damage, ATV helmet violations, and illegal dirt bike riding. A trapping education class was also put on.