Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2017-09-18

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked small and big game hunters around the area and continued a background investigation. CO Sullivan contacted one hunter who was attempting to take big game without a license. The investigation included numerous violations and a large amount of equipment was seized. CO Sullivan also enforced blaze orange or pink violations as well as transporting loaded firearms in a motor vehicle.

CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) answered questions at a lake association meeting, checked small game and early goose hunters, and monitored ATV activity. Enforcement activity included allowing illegal youth ATV operation, under 18 operating ATV without a helmet, operate Class I ATVs on public roadways, no waterfowl stamps, and transport loaded firearms in a motor vehicle.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd 2) worked big game baiting complaints and sport fishing enforcement this week. Officer Guida received a call from an individual that had experienced a nuisance bear earlier this spring. The individual stated that he put a container of cayenne pepper into the sunflower seeds, stirred it up, and that seemed to solve the problem with nuisance bears and also squirrels. He thought maybe he?d share that and others could benefit from the recipe.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked Cass and Crow Wing Counties for small game hunters. Grouse hunters reported very limited success. CO McGowan also spent time working Leech Lake where numerous violations were detected.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked bear, archery deer activity, and attended training.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked big game and small game hunters, boaters, fishermen, and ATV?s. Officer Hunter received a call of apples found in the woods and checked on a report of vegetation being removed from a lake.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) patrolled fall fishing activity, continued working bear hunters, and ATVs. She also checked several small game hunters and some archery hunters. She followed up on baiting tips and discovered a wetland violation.

Cuyuna SRA vacant.