District 9 - Brainerd area
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, invasive species and ATV activity. Bear baits were also monitored.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing county lakes for boating activity. Numerous questions were fielded about the upcoming waterfowl season, and McGowan continued field training with a new conservation officer. Enforcement action was taken for numerous angling and boating violations.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked bear baits and wild ricing activity in her area, as well as ATV activity.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) conducted boat and water safety checks and enforced fishing regulations around the Backus and the Brainerd lakes areas. Violations included angling without a license, possession of a controlled substance, no throwable and no license in possession. ATV traffic continues to be high and enforcement action was taken for failure to display registration, failure to transfer ownership and no headlights on.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled ATV trails and public waters for activity. Guida fielded a complaint of dirt bikes operating illegally within the road rights-of-ways. Extra patrol to increase visibility resulted in a contact leading to a citation and seizure of drug paraphernalia. Guida also participated in a detail out of station.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) spent time checking anglers on the river and lakes. A few people were seen collecting wild rice. Harvesters have said it’s been a fair year for rice so far. Hunters are eager to start the bear season. He received ATV complaints about riding recklessly, speeding, and without helmets.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) spent time enforcing laws for fishing, ATV use, wild rice harvest and bear-baiting activity this past week. A taxidermy inspection was also conducted and is ongoing. Numerous nuisance-wildlife calls were handled.