District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-08-26

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The bite was slow with the most cooperative fish pan fish. Violations were no license, not enough life jackets, and expired boat registration. He worked on complaints of shoreline violations such as digging in the lake bed. He worked with neighboring CO Tim Collette on AIS violations. Some of the violations observed were plugs in the boat while transporting them on the road. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails and a loud party in the Pillsbury forest were investigated.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked anglers and boaters, checked bear hunters placing bait stations for the upcoming bear season opener, and monitored boats at area accesses for invasive species issues. A calf kill was investigated for possible wolf depredation, and a TIP call on a possible fish overlimit was handled.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports checking several bear baits. She also checked a shore angler who advised fishing was not good and he only had a couple of bites. After further investigation of his cooler and buckets, he was over limit on northern pike. CO Peterson also worked a couple of shifts on Lake Superior where officers checked an angler who was double his limit. He attempted to convince the officers that he had a limit for him and a limit for his dog. Further investigation of his freezer led to the discovery of several more fillets.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) assisted with field training of new a Conservation Officer Candidate. Officers checked bear baiting activity in the area with OHV travel in closed areas observed frequently. Bear baiters are reminded that off-trail travel in limited and closed state forests for bear baiting purposes is prohibited. Officers also patrolled station lakes with enforcement action being taken for boating safety violations, along with no angling licenses, and fishing with extra lines. Officer Lee assisted with Use of Force training at Camp Ripley given to fellow Conservation Officers this past week.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked a detail on Lake Superior where angling and boating violations were detected. Some work was done investigating a bear baiting complaint where a bear hunter put bait at another bear hunter?s bait site. Officer Guida also worked boating and watercraft enforcement in the station. A late night watercraft crash was investigated with the Sheriff?s Office where alcohol was a likely a contributing factor. The operator faces Criminal Vehicular Operation and Boating While Intoxicated charges.

CO Pat McGowan (Pine River) continued field training duties with a COC. The officers worked anglers on area lakes and on Upper Red Lake. Investigations were done on weed roller violations. Numerous questions were answered involving ATVs, angling, bear hunting, and the upcoming deer season regulations. Numerous ATVs were stopped during the week. Enforcement action was taken on wetland violations, illegal youth ATV operations, no angling license, no PFDs, and numerous other boat safety issues. One ATV operator was arrested for operating on the roadway with a cancelled driver?s license. The officers also made one narcotic arrest.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked bear baiting, angling, watercraft and aquatic invasive species enforcement. A law presentation was also given at a firearms safety class at the Waukenabo Township Hall. Many great questions were answered for the young hunters.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored AIS compliance, angling, boating safety, ATV enforcement and park curfew enforcement in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area and Brainerd Lakes area. He also checked bear bait stations.