I have something I want to spread the word about for my blog post again today. You may have seen news releases on this already, but in case you have not:
Help stop wildlife crime with new reporting tool
Helping law enforcement eliminate poaching in Nebraska just got a little easier, thanks to a new program by Nebraska Game and Parks.
The new online reporting tool allows people to anonymously report suspected wildlife violations through a form at OutdoorNebraska.gov/WildlifeCrimestoppers. People can submit photos and even indicate if they are interested in a reward if charges are filed because of their tip.
Once submitted, the report goes directly to the conservation officer in the county where the incident is suspected.
“With this form, we’ll be able to utilize technology in new ways to collect and forward more accurate and timely information to our conservation officers to assist with their investigations,” said Travis Shepler, Law Enforcement assistant division administrator, who created the new tool.
While the digital form is the preferred method to report, people may still report game or fish violations via the toll-free Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers hotline at 800-742-7627 or by contacting their nearest conservation officer. Find yours at OutdoorNebraska.gov/ConservationOfficers.
Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers is a cooperative wildlife law enforcement program sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Wildlife Protectors Association.
If you see fish and game violations report them! The resources they are poaching, stealing, are YOUR resources. No, I cannot guarantee that a uniformed conservation officer immediately will swoop in wearing a cape and make a bust. I will tell you that many violations go unreported. Even when an immediate arrest is not made, the information you provide may be invaluable in making an even bigger case later. That has happened many times.
Don’t complain, do something about it!