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You can now report poachers online

The 1-800 Report A Poacher hotline is the best option when immediate action is needed

You can now report suspicious hunting or fishing activity online.

Until now, the only way to report poaching activity, dangerous wildlife or public land abuse was to phone the Report A Poacher hotline. There is now a Report A Poacher website to fill out a form and submit it online. The report goes to fish and wildlife officers so they can follow up and investigate.

“The more public support we receive through the Report A Poacher program, the more effective we can be in combating fish and wildlife crime and public land violations,” said Sgt. Major Adrian Marr of the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch.

“Officers cannot be everywhere at once, and we must rely on the public for their tips so that poachers can be brought to justice.”

“It’s important that we give people more options to report suspicious or illegal activity,” added Ken Kranrod, vice-president of the Alberta Conservation Association. “The message is clear: Hunt and fish responsibly, and don’t be a poacher.”

Emergencies and incidents that need immediate attention should still be reported through the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800. Phoning is still the fastest way to reach an officer, while the new website can be used to report issues that are less urgent. People reporting through either the phone or the web can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward, which ranges from $100 to $1,000.

Although not required, providing your contact information is helpful as the investigating officer may have followup questions. Any personal information provided is kept confidential.

In 2016-17, there were 14,894 calls to the Report A Poacher toll-free hotline. Of those, 3,097 were about suspected illegal activity, with $108,600 in rewards paid to individuals whose calls and information led to charges.

In total, there were 9,133 enforcement actions — both charges and written warnings — issued by fish and wildlife officers.

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