District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) patrolled angling activity and checked anglers. Area snowmobile trails are deteriorating rapidly and snowmobile activity is minimal.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for angling activity throughout the week. Time was spent on Leech Lake and the Whitefish Chain patrolling for angling activity. McGowan also spent time following up on ice shelters being left on the ice after the legal deadline.

CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked ATV, snowmobile and fishing activity in the area over the St Patrick’s holiday weekend. Enforcement action was taken for no helmets on juveniles, registration issues on ATVs, and for feeding deer in a CWD zone. The feeding violation carries a nearly $300 fine and is really becoming an issue in the area because it creates environments for deer to congregate and potentially spread disease. Individuals are encouraged to remind each other to take precautions against the spread of CWD.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled station lakes for angling activity. New 2020 angling licenses were checked. A call of a suspected poached deer was fielded and investigated in a neighboring station. It turned out to be just a wolf kill. Dog owners in the area were cautioned.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling activity and a complaint of dogs chasing deer.