Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2017-07-17

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, AIS, and ATV activity. The officer will be trying to locate an individual who left an infested waters access being monitored by an AIS inspector.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) assisted with an AIS check station where several contacts were made. She had a firearm safety class at the Long Lake Conservation Center and completed equipment inspections. CO Ladd also checked several boaters and anglers this week.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for ATV and boating activity throughout the week. CO McGowan also assisted other officers in a big game case. Enforcement action was taken for traffic violations and numerous boating violations.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked ATV?s, boaters, and fishermen. A reminder that when operating an ATV in the road right of way, the open container rule applies to all motor vehicles, including ATV?s. Officer Hunter received a call of boaters operating under the influence on a local lake which ended up with one individual being arrested.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reported that he spent most of his time this week on boat and water enforcement. Violations he observed were not enough life saving devices and expired registration. He checked anglers and the catching has slowed likely due to the high water from all the recent rain. He worked with a Cass County Deputy on no boat light violations after sunset on Gull Lake. Enforcement time was also spent on AIS complaints generated by AIS inspectors. Reports of folks failing to submit to inspection, transporting zebra mussels, and failing to drain water from their boats were received.

CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) testified in a deer baiting case from last fall, followed up on a call of multiple deer crossing a roadway to go to a neighborhood feeder causing a traffic concern, and assisted the Sheriff?s Office with a BWI arrest. The officer responded to a complaint of a very loud boat and after a citation was issued, the operator told the officer that he may as well come back every weekend and give him a ticket because he had no intention of fixing the boat exhaust. CO Collette also found a couple of youths doing donuts on ATVs in the parking lot of the local baseball field. After discussing the issue with the kids and their responsible adults, it was decided that the youths would return the next day to fix the damage by hand.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) attended background investigator training at Camp Ripley. Background investigations for next year?s academy will be starting in the near future.

Cuyuna SRA vacant.