CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) checked turkey hunters and ice fishermen. Area ice conditions are getting bad with warm weather and moving water. Anglers are reminded that new angling licenses are needed for the 2013 angling year. Officer Guida received calls regarding some road kill deer. One individual wanted a permit for a mount of two fawns that were located within the adult doe.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) saw an increased amount of fish in the creeks as the weather warmed up. Northern activity seems to be in full swing and the walleyes should be right behind. Other activities included monitoring closed state forests, checking ATVs and anglers, and talking about invasive species at a lake association meeting.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) received calls of incidental otter being taken during the beaver season. Officer Lee received a call of a raccoon being stuck in the egress window well at a residence and appeared to be rabid. The raccoon was freed from the window well, and was not rabid. Officer Lee received a call of coyotes causing some problems with a party’s horse. The owner was advised that the coyotes could be dispatched.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reported that an ATV remains at the bottom of an area lake as a crappie fisherman ventured out on quickly deteriorating ice. At least four other recreational vehicles dropped through area lakes on Saturday. The annual walleye egg take at Pine River is the latest ever since records have been kept since 1930! Several car kill deer permits were issued and a dead blue heron was also reported.