Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2017-05-22

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) patrolled area lakes and rivers for fishing and AIS. She also patrolled ATV activity and investigated several complaints of ATV trespass. She handled several nuisance beaver calls and a call from a concerned citizen about high wolf activity in the area. CO Ladd also attended a Memorial Service honoring fallen officers in Aitkin County.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) patrolled area lakes, ATV trails and highways. CO Sullivan contacted two individuals riding ATVs in the Foothills State Forest that had expired registration and no registration on the ATVs they were operating. CO Sullivan assisted with four red breasted merganser ducklings that were rescued in the ditch of State Highway 371. A State Trooper was in the area and responded to ensure the duckling?s safety after citizens completed the rescue. CO Sullivan assisted with the ducklings be transported for care.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week of patrolling fishing activity, the Cuyuna Country State Recreational area, and responding to issues of shoreline development and illegal trapping. CO Hadrits also handled numerous wildlife calls including nuisance fox, beaver, bear, and an unusual report of an aggressive beaver that was shot while attacking a dog and a person in a residential area.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd #2) worked sport fishing and all-terrain vehicle enforcement this week. Poor weather conditions have discouraged some anglers. A call was received and investigated of an individual shooting at geese that were occupying his front lakeside lawn. The individual admitted to being frustrated with the nuisance fowl and also claimed to have removed three shovels full of lawn fertilizer. Five .22 shells were discovered at the scene and enforcement action was taken.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen, boater, turkey hunters, and ATV?s. Officer Hunter investigated a complaint of a commercial minnow trapper working in infested waters. CO Hunter also spoke to the 4th grade class in Menahga about boat safety for the Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs class.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked angling and ATV enforcement throughout the week. CO McGowan also assisted other law enforcement agencies with calls for service. Enforcement action was taken for walleye over limits and boating violations.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, AIS, and turkey hunting activity. TIP and nuisance beaver calls were also addressed. The officer attended a Memorial Service honoring fallen officers in Aitkin County.

CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) took a report of a bear that had killed a deer and drug it across the person?s yard in the daylight. The deer was found a short distance into the woods but appeared to be a car-killed deer. A reminder that bears do not have an abundance of food right now and to remove bird feeders and open garbage containers. Several reports of beavers doing damage were also reported and permits issued to have them removed. Anglers are finding that several days of rain and cold weather have put a damper on angling success.

Cuyuna SRA vacant.