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Report Poachers

While hunters and hunting agencies claim that it is only the “few bad apples” who are killing animals illegally (whether out of season, in numbers greater than the allowed kill limits, during hours when hunting is not allowed, in areas where hunting is prohibited, etc.), C.A.S.H. and those who are immersed in the world of wildlife protection believe otherwise. In addition to compiling data on hunting accidents, CASH also keeps an archive of hunting violations which can be found at accident-center.html#v .

Hunters kill wildlife illegally for many reasons. For some, killing animals is a money-making pursuit. Others do so because they have an insatiable desire to kill and to be violent against those who are helpless. Some are so overcome by the rush they get when hunting that they will not hesitate to shoot across roads or trespass upon private property lest they miss an opportunity to blow off the head of an animal. While wildlife agencies for the most part do what they can to enforce state and federal wildlife laws, the number of conservation officers in the field is woefully inadequate to enforce the law. Given the enormous amount land area that conservation officers are responsible for covering, the number of violations they prosecute is the mere tip of the iceberg when it comes to the number of illegal killings (and woundings) committed.

If you’re aware of illegal wildlife killing, do not hesitate to report it to your state enforcement agency. Wildlife agencies often pursue illegal wildlife killers because the fines levied brings the agency much needed income, and they are quick to quash behavior that makes hunters look bad. It is important to take detailed notes:

What was the violation
When and where did it occur (county, township, road/highway)
What weapons or equipment were used
What vehicles or crafts were used (registration numbers are important if you have access to them)
How many people were involved (names, addresses, physical descriptions and clothing)
What evidence is still at the scene
Did the violator(s) take evidence of the crime with them
Which way or where did they go and how?

Providing these details to law enforcement agencies will give them the best chance possible to track down and prosecute those who illegally kill wildlife.

State “Report-A-Poacher” Contact Information
 
Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division
Law Enforcement Section
Operation Game Watch: 1-800-272-4263;
Law Enforcement - Montgomery Headquarters: (334) 242-3467 dcnr.enforce@dcnr.alabama.gov 
http://www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/contacts/districtoffices.cfm

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Fish and Wildlife Safeguard
Hotline: 1-800-478-3377;
Captain Burke Waldron, Alaska State Troopers: 907-269-5955
http://www.dps.state.ak.us/awt/safeguard.aspx
http://www.dps.state.ak.us/awt/SafeguardFaq.aspx

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Operation Game Thief Hotline: 1-800-352-0700
http://www.azgfd.gov/artman/publish/article_822.shtml
http://www.azgfd.gov/ogt.shtml

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Turn in Poachers (TIP) Hotline: 1-800-482-9262;
Cingular Customers Dial #TIP (#847)
Alltel Customers Dial *TIP (*847)
http://www.agfc.com/rules-regulations/tip.aspx

California Department of Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division
Law Enforcement Division: (916) 653-4094;
Cal-TIP: 1 (888) DFGCALTIP
lschwall@dfg.ca.gov 
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/caltip.aspx

Colorado Division of Wildlife
Operation Game Thief (OGT) and Turn in Poachers (TIP) program
1-877-COLO-OGT (1-877-265-6648),
Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT.
Law Enforcement Administration: 303-291-7223
game.thief@state.co.us
http://wildlife.state.co.us/RulesRegs/LawEnforcement/OperationGameThief
http://wildlife.state.co.us/OperationGameThief/TurnInPoachers.htm 

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Wildlife Division
DEP Law Enforcement - 860-424-3333
Turn In Poachers (TIP) 800-842-4357 - (800) 842-HELP
http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2690&Q=322474

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
1-800-292-3030 (Operation Game Theft); 1-800-532-3336
(Communications Section); James Graybeal - 302-739-9913
Enforcement (Hunting/Boating): 302-739-9913

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FWC Wildlife Alert Reward Program: 1-888-404-FWCC (3922)
http://myfwc.com/law/Alert
http://myfwc.com/law/Alert/MailMap.asp?region=CTY

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Turn In Poachers, Inc. (TIP) 1-800-241-4113 or
*DNR (Cellular for Cingular Mobility Customers)
Wildlife Resources Division:
LE Headquarters: (770) 918-6410, (770) 918-6408
http://georgiawildlife.dnr.state.ga.us
https://georgiawildlife.dnr.state.ga.us/service/tipemail.asp

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
Division of Conservation and
Resource Enforcement: 808-587-0077
Enforcement Hotline: (808)643-DLNR
http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/divisions.html
http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/ContactInfo.htm

Idaho Fish and Game
Citizens Against Poaching hotline 1-800-632-5999
Law Enforcement: 208-334-3736
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/enforcement/cap.cfm
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/enforcement/report_poacher.cfm

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Poacher Hotline 1-877-236-7529 or 217-785-7567
jsample@dnrmail.state.il.us
http://www.dnr.state.il.us/law3/poach.htm 

Indiana DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife
Turn in a Poacher/Polluter (TIP) Hotline: 1-800-TIP-IDNR
http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/TIP
http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/TIP/tip_mail.html 

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Turn in Poachers Hotline:1-800-532-2020
Contact person for TIP Program: Steve Dermand: 515-281-4515
http://www.iowadnr.com/law/tip.html
http://tipofiowa.org/

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Operation Game Thief Hotline: 1-877-426-3843
Officer Dan Melson: 620-583-7515; Law Enforcement: 620-672-5911
http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/what_to_look_for_when_reporting_a_violation
http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/operation_game_thief_report_form

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Report a Poacher 1-800-25ALERT (1-800-252-5378)
http://fw.ky.gov/06huntwma.asp

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Operation Game Thief Hotline: 1-800-442-2511
KLaCaze@wlf.louisiana.gov
http://www.wlf.state.la.us/publicservices/enforcement/operationgamethief/

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Operation Game Thief Hotline
within Maine: 1-800-253-7887
outside Maine: (207) 287-6057
http://www.maine.gov/ifw/aboutifw/wardenservice/ogt/index.htm

Maryland Department of Natural Resources,
24 hour Catch A Poacher Hotline: 1-800-635-6124
Outside MD: 410-260-8888
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/poacher.asp

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Environmental Police Hotline: 1-800-632-8075
http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/regulations/reporting_violations.htm

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Report All Poaching (RAP)
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-42199_43145-34086--,00.html
https://secure1.state.mi.us/rap
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-42199_43145---,00.html
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-42199_43145-31706--,00.html

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Turn In Poachers, TIP Inc. Hotline: 1-800-652-9093
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/enformcement/tipreporting.html
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/enformcement/tipreportingform.html
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/tip.html

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
Hotline for reporting violations: 1-800-BE SMART
http://www.mdwfp.com/homelinks/licenselaw/smartline.asp

Missouri Department of Conservation
Operation Game Thief (OGT) Hotline: 1-800-392-1111
http://www.mdc.mo.gov/hunt/gamethief/

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Turn In Poachers Hotline: 1-800-847-6668
http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/poaching/hotline.html
http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/poaching/default.html

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Wildlife Crimestoppers Hotline: 1-800-742-7627
http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/hunting/guides/gamethief.asp

Nevada Division of Wildlife
Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992-3030
http://www.operationgamethief.org/homeframes.html

New Hampshire Fish & Game Department
Operation Game Thief 1-800-344-4262
Law Enforcement Division: 603-271-3127
law@wildlife.nh.gov
http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/op_game_thief.htm

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Operation
Game Thief Hotline: 1-800-222-0456
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ogt.htm

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Operation Game Thief Hotline: 1-800-432-4263 (1-800-432-GAME)
Dan Brooks, Division Chief, Law Enforcement: 505-476- 8066
http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/enforcement/operation_game_thief/index.htm
https://dgfremote.gmfsh.state.nm.us/ogt/

New York Department of Environmental Conservation
Stop Poachers and Polluters in Their Tracks! (TIPP DEC)
Hotline: 1-800-TIPP DEC or 1-800-847-7332
DEC Division of Law Enforcement: 877-457-5680
Sergeant Kranker: 518-897-1326
r5dsptch@gw.dec.state.ny.us
http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/393.html

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Division of Enforcement Hotline: 1-800-662-7137
Division of Enforcement: 919-707-0030
http://www.wildlife.state.nc.us/pg11_CommInfoContacts/pg11d3.htm

North Dakota Game and Fish Department
Report All Poaching (RAP) Hotline: 1-800-472-2121
Enforcement Division Chief/Chief Game Warden:
Robert Timian 701-328-6324
http://www.gf.nd.gov/about/report-a-viol.html
http://www.gf.nd.gov/about/rapbrochure.html
http://www.gf.nd.gov/about/rap-report-form-no-nav.html

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife
Turn In A Poacher, Inc. Hotline: 1-800-POACHER
wildinfo@dnr.state.oh.us
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Operation Game Thief Hotline: 1-800-522-8039
http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/ogt.htm

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division
Turn in Poachers Hotline: 1-800-452-7888
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/swwd/t_i_p_alt.html ;

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Turn In A Poacher (TIP) Program Hotline: 1-888-PGC-8001
http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=483&q=152267
http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=479&q=152239

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Rhode Island Environmental Police Hotline: 401-222-3070
Kurt Blanchard: (401) 222-2284
kurt.blanchard@dem.ri.gov
http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatres/enforce/index.htm

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division
Operation Game Thief Hotline: 1-800-922-5431
LT. Robert McCullough: 803-734-3607
McCulloughR@dnr.sc.gov
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/law/OGT.html

South Dakota Division of Wildlife
Turn In Poachers Hotline: 1-888-OVERBAG 683-TIPS (7224)
http://www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/TIPS/Index.htm
https://www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/TIPS/AnonRepo.htm

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Regional Hotlines:
West TN: 1-800-831-1173
Middle TN: 1-800-255-8972
Cumberland Plateau: 1-800-241-0767
East TN: 1-800-831-1174

Texas Parks and Wildlife, Law Enforcement Division
Operation Game Thief Hotline: 1-800-792-GAME (4263)
Buddy Turner, OGT Program Director at 512-389-4626
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/ogt ;
http://www.ogttx.com/report.htm

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Help Stop Poaching Hotline Hotline: 1-800-662-DEER (3337)
HelpStopPoaching@utah.gov 
http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/law
http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/law/information.php
http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/law/hsp/pf.php

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Operation Game Thief Hotline: 1-800-75 ALERT (1-800-752-5378)
Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement: 802-241-3727 or 802-241-3716
http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/laws_thief.cfm

Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
VA Wildlife Crimeline Hotline: 1-800-237-5712
wildcrime@dgif.virginia.gov
http://www.dgif.state.va.us/info/wildlife-violations.html
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/news/release.asp?id=136

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
STOP WASHINGTON POACHERS
Emergency/Incident Hotline: 1-800-477-6224
WDFW Enforcement Program: 360-902-2936
enforcement-web@dfw.wa.gov
http://wdfw.wa.gov/enforcement/reporting_violations.html 

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Law Enforcement Section Hotline: 1 (800) NET-GAME (1-800-638-4263)
DNR Law Enforcement: (304) 558-2784
Law@wvdnr.gov
http://wvweb.com/www/hunting/dnr.html

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Violation Hotline: 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367)
LE.Hotline@dnr.state.wi.us
http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/es/enforcement/hotline.htm

Wyoming Game and Fish
Stop Poaching TIP program Hotline: 1-877-WGFDTIP (1-877-943-3847)
Out-of-state: 1-307-777-4330
http://gf.state.wy.us/wildlife/enforcement/stoppoaching/submitTip.aspx
http://gf.state.wy.us/wildlife/Wyoming hunting/index.asp 

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