Feb 17, 2015

You now can text to turn in poachers

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has launched a new method for the public to report poaching incidents: by text or an Android app.

“Many of our biggest poaching cases come from tips received during the months wildlife is on their winter range and even during the summer,” said Aaron Kerr, law enforcement coordinator, in a statement.

Anyone with a cell phone can now report critical poaching information to the Game and Fish by sending a text message to 847411 (TIP411). Make WGFD the first word of your message, followed by the poaching information you'd like to report. Critical information includes descriptions of the suspect and their vehicle, the exact location of the violation and what they observed. The Internet-based service, Tip411, enables anonymously texted tips.

“The information people provide is critical to allow game wardens to follow up on a case,” said Kerr. “This new tool is going to be invaluable, as it will give the public a way to report wildlife violations in a timely manner, which in turn will give wardens the needed information to investigate and solve poaching cases.”

In addition to texting, Android users can download the WGFD Tips app to report wildlife violations.

Last year, 451 tips were submitted through the Game and Fish Department’s Stop Poaching Hotline. The resulting cases involved 53 people and accounted for fines totaling over $353,000. The Wyoming Wildlife Protectors Association rewarded $15,300 to people who provided poaching tip information to the Game and Fish.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted directly on the Game and Fish website or by calling 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847).

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