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Report Poaching and other Illegal Activities

Poaching is a growing problem, but it is one you can help prevent.  Here in Gulf Coast Council, if you see anything suspicious, call your state’s Operation Game Theft.

Many of us are also very known for going out of state to pursue other fishing and hunting expeditions, so who should you call if out of state? Then report any crimes against wildlife at:

http://wildlifecrimestoppers.org/

There you will find a map which will link you to most fish and wildlife enforcement agencies in the U.S. or Canada. Reports can be confidential and you may receive a reward. Information you provide can lead to an arrest, fines, and possible jail time.

What should we be on the lookout for:

Hunting or fishing out of season or without a license

Night hunting

Hunting or fishing on private land without permission

Exceeding bag and or length limits

Selling wildlife or fish illegally

Hunting or fishing in manners hazardous to the public, while intoxicated

Using illegal hunting or fishing baits or devices, such as illegal nets

Illegal trash and/or tire dumping 

Help protect our resources and do what’s right!!!

 

Louisiana – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/

Operation Game Thief (OGT) has been in existence since 1984. OGT is a non-profit corporation, funded and managed by volunteer sportsmen from throughout the state. They meet quarterly to review wildlife violation cases resulting from information provided by program participants and to determine and dispense reward amounts.

The OGT process is fairly simple. If someone witnesses or has information concerning a violation, they should call Operation Game Thief's toll-free 24-hour phone line or use the department's tip411 program. The toll free number is 1-800-442-2511.


To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.  Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.  Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.

The information is received by a Wildlife and Fisheries operator and immediately relayed to a wildlife agent who will investigate. If the information results in an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward.

Since the program began, more than $280,000 in rewards has been paid. Information provided by O.G.T. informants has resulted in the apprehension of more than 700 violators, who were convicted on a multitude of state and federal charges.

For more information, please email questions to Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

 

Mississippi - MISSISSIPPI WILDLIFE, FISHERIES, & PARKS

Report A Violation (1-800-BE-SMART)

http://www.mdwfp.com/applications/law%20enforcement/default.aspx

 

Alabama - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Law Enforcement Section

http://www.outdooralabama.com/law-enforcement

To report game and fish violations please call Operation Game Watch 1-800-272-4263.

District V - Baldwin, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington, and Wilcox counties.

Captain Kenneth Blalock

30571 Five Rivers Blvd

Spanish Fort, AL 36527

(251) 626-5474

 

Florida - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

http://myfwc.com/contact/wildlife-alert/

Call 888-404-FWCC

If you suspect a fish, wildlife, boating, or environmental law violation, report it to the FWC's Wildlife Alert Reward Program: 888-404-FWCC (3922)

Cell phone users can reach us at *FWC or #FWC, depending on your service provider.

Report violations online

If your information results in an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. See Reward Categories for details.

Report violations via text message.  Most cell phones allow users to send text messages directly to an email address. You can text Tip@MyFWC.com; standard usage fees may apply.

To be eligible for a reward...

You must obtain a confidential code number to be eligible for a reward. When reporting violations online, a code number will be sent to the email address you provide. If you do not wish to provide an email address, please call 888-404-FWCC to obtain a code number. The telephones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You may remain anonymous. You will not be required to testify in court. You may or may not be contacted for additional information, depending on your preference. It is important to report violations as soon as possible and provide as much detail as you can about the physical descriptions of violators, vehicles, license tag numbers, etc.

Examples of violations

    Illegal hunting

    Taking saltwater game fish out of season

    Taking protected wildlife species

    Boating under the influence

    Illegal tire dumping

To report a nuisance alligator call:  866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

If you suspect FWC fraud, waste, abuse or employee misconduct, report it to the FWC's Inspector General.


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