District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, AIS and ATV activity. A TIP call led to charges for an illegal-length northern pike.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled lakes for angling activity. A car-killed bear permit was issued. A TIP call was also received on anglers taking too many panfish.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) work area lakes, invasive species regulation compliance and ATV activity. Angling success was good this past week. Violations included angling without a license and angling in a closed area. Sullivan also took call of a bear that was damaging a residential garage.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) spent a lot of time on the water working anglers this week. She also encountered high ATV and OHM activity with some violations. She handled a call of a loon that was found dead on the lakeshore wrapped up in fishing line. It's a tough reminder to anglers to ensure your line does not get left in the water. Littering in the lakes can have serious consequences to the wildlife that make it their home.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) dealt with ATV and wetland issues this week. Anglers were checked. They had mild success. Enforcement action was taken for no helmets, allowing illegal youth operation, no safety training, operating on closed trails and registration issues. A Wetland Conservation Act investigation began where an individual decided to create a road through the swamp on his new property. Several loads of fill and hours of skid loader work will be rendered pointless when the landowner will most likely have to return the wetland to its original state after paying fines and permit costs.