CASPER - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has launched a new method for the public to report poaching incidents. Game and Fish has added a text message reporting system, as well as an Android app, to the Stop Poaching Program.
“Big game hunting seasons are winding down, but many of our biggest poaching cases come from tips received during the months wildlife is on their winter range and even during the summer,” says Aaron Kerr, law enforcement coordinator.
Anyone with a cell phone can now report critical poaching information to the Game and Fish by sending a text message to 847411 (TIP411) with WGFD as the first word of their message, followed by the poaching information they would like to report. Critical information for people to report includes suspect and vehicle descriptions, exact location of the violation and facts they observed. Tip411, an Internet-based tool, enables the public to text message an anonymous poaching tip to the department.
“The information people provide is critical to allow game wardens to follow up on a case,” says 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 a message to 847411 (TIP411), Android users can download the WGFD Tips app to report a wildlife violations at (play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citizenobserver.wgfdtips).
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 at wgfd.wyo.gov or by calling 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847)…and now by texting WGFD and the tip to TIP411 (847411) via the WGFD Tip Android app. STOP POACHING – Help Us Stand Watch.