Conservation officers report on winter patrols, trainings
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) assisted the DNR Division of Wildlife with fur tagging after closure of trapping on Jan 6.
Shoutz presented a snowmobile safety talk to a Nisswa snowmobile safety class.
She checked spear/anglers this past week with enforcement action taken for no license and no ID on shelter left unoccupied.
CO Jim Guida (Nisswa) continued training with COC Silgjord.
Assistance was provided with division taser training in Hibbing. Equipment maintenance was conducted to prepare for the upcoming Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza.
Enforcement action for the week included allowing illegal juvenile operation of an ATV and operating a motor vehicle other than a snowmobile in a grant-in-aid trail.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) patrolled by snowmobile, checking snowmobilers and anglers.
Time was also spent working on a trapping case and consulting with the county attorney on a commercial game farm issue.
Collette also responded by snowmobile to a report of a burning fish house on an area lake. Fortunately there was nobody at the fish house at the time as the fish house was a total loss.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) assisted with taser training and the distribution of tasers to officers.
Lee also worked on getting station equipment ready from storage, and learning the Crosslake Station.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The ice anglers continue to come out and try their luck. Angling success has slowed and anglers are moving around trying to find active fish.
He received reports that a few fish houses have melted into the ice from the recent warm, rainy weather and then froze in.
Some violations he observed were no spearing license, unattended lines and extra lines.
The snowmobiling activity has also slowed with the melting of the snow and the trails are in poor condition. He had some reports of trespass and careless operation of snowmobilers jumping driveways and roadways.
Litter reports on the lakes came in and are being investigated.