District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports working anglers on Big Sandy and other area lakes. Most access points were still safe for travel but have quickly been deteriorating. She assisted Aitkin County SO on a call in McGregor of a suspicious person near the school. Enforcement action included an over limit of crappie and ATV registration violation.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including checking fishermen, fish run, beaver trapping, assisting local law enforcement agencies, working a detail in the Superior National Forest between Crane Lake and Ely, giving a presentation on CO duties and furbearing animals at a local church, and responding to various wildlife issues including an incident where a wolf attacked a dog in the yard of a person?s residence.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked fishing and trapping activity. Complaints of dogs chasing deer and hunter harassment/trespass were also handled.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Crow Wing and Cass counties for ATV activity. CO McGowan also checked ice anglers on area lakes as ice conditions are becoming very poor. CO McGowan also worked with the county attorney?s office on a take deer without a license, and waterfowl hunting violation case that are scheduled for court trials.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored ATVs, angling activity and wildlife complaints. Two 4WD truck drivers were cited for trespass on posted private property.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) saw fewer ice fishermen as the weather gets warmer. ATV?s are replacing snowmobiles and seasonal state forest closures are in effect as the trails get soft. A call from a cattle rancher was handled as a large stretch of fence was knocked down by the cattle and wolf tracks were found nearby, and the officer responded to a grass fire started by sparks from a wood fired maple syrup boiler.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on litter complaints. He continued with investigations of deer and beaver carcass dumping in the Pillsbury Forest. Pan fish anglers have been out trying their luck with mixed results ice conditions are very dangerous. He worked on a wetland excavating complaint. ATV?s tearing up ditches and in the closed Pillsbury Forest received some enforcement time. Burning without a permit and during closed hours violations were reported and enforcement action was taken.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked ATV and angling enforcement. The ice conditions are weakening at access points. Officer Guida worked with local highway authorities on a deer carcass that was illegally dumped in the road right of way. The hunter from last fall neglected to take off the site tag prior to the dumping and also forgot to register the deer. Officer Guida also worked with training staff on the upcoming academy and in-service training.