Posted Friday, 02 August 2013 11:36
As hunting seasons approach, officers need your help
You might not know it, but you're the key to fighting poaching in Utah.
You're the front line in the war against poaching in Utah.
Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
"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 find something suspicious that isn't an emergency—for example, a dead big game animal that's missing its head—or if you have any other information you want to share about a possible wildlife violation, you can report it two ways:
Olson says if you provide the information via email, officers won't receive it immediately. "If you send information to us via email," he says, "it might be a day or two before we can get back with you.
"If you need to reach us right away," he says, "call 1-800-662-3337."
What to look for
If you see anything that seems suspicious or out of the ordinary, let the DWR know.
"Please call us," Olson says. "Even if what you saw doesn't look like a big deal to you, let us know about it. Some of our most significant cases started when someone called us with a small tip that led us to more information."
If you see something suspicious or out of the ordinary, Olson says you shouldn't confront people who might be committing a violation. Instead, contact the DWR immediately.
Be a good witness
A license plate number is the most important piece of information you can give to officers. Olson says callers often provide only the color of the suspect's vehicle. "That's good information to have," Olson says, "but what we really need is a license plate number."
A description of the person and the location where the incident is occurring are also crucial. "If you have a GPS unit with you," Olson says, "give us the coordinates. GPS coordinates are really helpful in getting us to the right spot as quick as possible."
Officers on patrol
Visiting the "Officers on patrol" webpage is a great way to learn about some of Utah's recent poaching arrests and to stay current on poaching cases DWR officers need your help with.
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