By Mark Hadley
You might not know it, but you’re the key to fighting poaching in Utah.
“You’re crucial to our law enforcement efforts,” says Captain Rick Olson with the Division of Wildlife Resources. “We need your eyes, your help and your support.
”We need your help to protect your wildlife.” Olson says DWR officers catch plenty of wildlife violators on their own. But many more violators—including many who commit serious wildlife crimes—are caught because someone was watching and called the DWR.
As Utah’s hunting seasons approach, Olson says it’s vital to report any suspicious activity you see to the DWR. You can report this activity the following ways:
• If you see a wildlife violation occur, calling Utah’s Turn in a Poacher (UTiP) hotline is the best way to get an officer to the scene.
The hotline—1-800-662-3337—is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you can’t remember the UTiP number, pull out your Utah hunting or fishing license or permit. The number is written on the license or permit.
Olson says when you call 1-800-662-3337, the person who takes your call will patch you through to the DWR officer who is nearest to where the incident is occurring.
• If you can’t remember the UTiP number, and you don’t have your license or permit with you because you’re not hunting or fishing, call the nearest police department or sheriff’s office.
The office will send a DWR officer or another law enforcement officer to the scene.