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Conservation Officers' Reports: Sept. 9, 2020

District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, bear-, ATV and goose-hunting activity. Nuisance-bear and sick-animal calls were also handled. Assistance was given to the sheriff’s office on an assault and stuck-ATV calls.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled area lakes and rivers checking anglers, recreational boaters, and early goose hunters. Guida addressed boaters failing to display navigational lights as late as one hour after sunset. Guida also addressed an off-highway motorcycles complaint where numerous operators were contacted for illegally operating within the public road right-of-way. Car-killed deer and bear permits were also issued this past week.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked a busy holiday weekend with a lot of activity in the McGregor station. She worked bear opener, handling a lot of issues related to unregistered baits and some hunters with no-quota licenses hunting in Permit Area 51. Ladd also worked boating activity and ATV activity, and checked some early goose hunters over the holiday weekend.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports patrolling the park over the busy holiday weekend. Lots of people were enjoying the bike trails and the area mine lakes over the weekend. The park was checked for illegal vehicle activity and for fishing and boating activity. Lots of recreational law-related questions were also answered throughout the week and weekend. Fitzgerald assisted several agencies with calls for service and a call of a litter complaint was fielded. The park was also checked for bear hunting and early goose-related activity.


CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked Cass and Crow Wing county lakes throughout the past week. Enforcement action was taken for numerous angling and boating violations. McGowan investigated a possible public water violation. He continued field training with a new conservation officer and checked early goose hunters.

CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) checked ATV use on area trails and roads. It was encouraging to see many people wearing helmets while riding, but some needed to be reminded that it’s required for everyone under 18. Goose hunters saw some action during the early goose season.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) saw a high volume of ATV traffic in the Foothills State Forest this past weekend. ATV regulations were enforced. Sullivan conducted watercraft and angling checks on the Gull Lake Chain and area lakes. Anglers reported to not be having much luck locating the fish. Recreational boaters were enjoying the last days of summer but conditions were cold and windy.

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