DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents made 1,757 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public between May 7 and May 14, including 94 boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 29 complaints and issued 27 citations, seven of which were associated with increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Wildlife Area and the associated recreational trail currently under construction. Incidents of particular note included:
- On May 13, charges were dismissed against John J. Ament Jr., 57, of Milford, after he agreed to donate a full-body mounted wild turkey to the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section for use as a decoy to help in apprehending violators of Delaware's wild turkey laws and regulations. Ament was charged April 4 with two counts of offering for sale antlered deer, one count of commercialization of wildlife and one count of international wildlife trafficking in connection with illegally offering mounted deer heads, turkeys and a bear for sale online.
-- On May 10, John Kleinstuber, 52, of Bethany Beach, was cited and fined for tampering with a non-commercial crab pot.
Delaware's citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling (302) 739-4580. Wildlife violations also may be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling (800) 292-3030, or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx.