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Conservation Officers' Reports: Aug. 22, 2020

District 9 - Brainerd area


CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) patrolled the Foothills State Forest and observed a large amount of camping activity and high use of off-road recreational vehicles. Sullivan observed violations including litter, illegal operation in wetlands and a wide variety of registration violations.

CO Tim Collette (Brainerd West) responded to calls of illegal cattail removal, public waters and wetland filling, injured deer, and an injured goose in the middle of a four-lane highway. A call of a four-wheel drive vehicle that had “slipped inadvertently” off an ATV trail into a wet area turned out to be an individual showing off to his passenger that he could drive his Jeep-type vehicle through a beaver pond. He got it buried, with swamp water up to the seats inside. After getting it pulled out, he got a ticket to go with his tow bill.

CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked boating, fishing and ATV enforcement activities this past week. Local bear bait sites were also inspected. Aquatic plant control devices were inspected as well. Enforcement action was taken for no licenses, and assistance was provided for a deer-hunting case.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked Cass and Crow Wing county lakes throughout the past week. Area lakes are busy with recreational boating and angling activity. Enforcement action was taken for numerous angling and boating violations.

CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) handled nuisance-animal calls. Bears and deer have been causing crop damage. Boaters and anglers were seen enjoying their time on the water.


CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked complaints involving altering the cross section of public waters, burning prohibited materials, and bears. Time was also spent working invasive species.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked sport fishing and boating enforcement this past week. A detail was worked with district COs on the Whitefish Chain. Guida issued possession permits for a road-killed otter, bear, fawns, and adult deer.

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