District 9 - Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked muzzleloader hunting activity and snowmobile and trail enforcement. Guida continued training COC Ryan Hanna during Step 4 of the field training process. Guida and Hanna assisted a local police department with a fatal snowmobile crash investigation.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for late-season small- and big-game hunters. Time was also spent investigating cases from the firearms deer season. Station patrol watercrafts were also winterized and stored.
CO Tim Collette (Brainerd West) followed up on big-game cases from the deer season, checked muzzleloader hunters and anglers, and monitored some of the first snowmobilers of the season. A TIP call of possible poached deer and reports of deer feeding in the CWD zone were handled.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) and COC Leeb report patrolling for big-game hunting and fishing activity. Few individuals were found due to weather conditions. With increased snowmobile activity, officers urge riders to check their registration before heading out. The SRA was patrolled for any illegal activity. Enforcement action was taken for park violations and calls for service were answered.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) and COC Mikeena Mattson worked muzzleloader deer hunting, trapping activity, ORV activity, snowmobile activity, and fishing activity. Hunting and fishing activity was lower due to weather conditions. Enforcement action was taken for possessing and transporting a protected animal without a permit and failure to display current snowmobile registration.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) followed up on firearms deer cases and worked muzzleloader activity. Seasonal equipment changes were also handled.