Conservation officer report
Conservation officer (CO) Jim Guida (Nisswa) continued field training with COC Silgjord. A big game investigation from the firearms season was concluded with enforcement action being taken on a shooting at big game from the roadway violation.
Snowmobile and fishing activities were monitored throughout the week. Some anglers were found to be having moderate success. Several snowmobile operators expressed thanks for patrolling the Brainerd lakes area trails and ensuring users safe operation.
Enforcement action for the week included multiple speeding violations, angle with extra lines, angle with unattended lines and operate snowmobile without required equipment.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) followed up on a trapping complaint, monitored the Paul Bunyan Trail for snowmobile issues and checked anglers where the top violation for the week was again angling with too many lines, with several anglers stating that they were using extra lines because the fishing was so slow.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) handled several TIP calls including fish houses with no license or ID and burning of a beaver house on an area lake. Shoutz reminds anglers that fish houses left unattended anytime between midnight and one hour before sunrise require a license.