Wildlife Crimestoppers Still Putting Heat on Poachers
Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers, a program aimed at putting poachers out of business, continues to identify, apprehend and prosecute game law violators thanks to help of concerned citizens across the state.
Since its inception 21 years ago, the program has accounted for $72,747.51 in fines and court costs, 5 license revocations, 680 hours of community service, 30 days jail time, 760 days probation, $600 paid to the Wildlife Crimestoppers reward fund and $166,450.00 in liquidated damages paid by persons convicted of game law violations.
A total of 1,169 game violation investigations have begun with a call to the toll-free Wildlife Crimestoppers hotline since 1982. Those investigations resulted in 655 arrests.
The animals involved in cases which resulted in arrests were: 341 deer, 5 antelope, 4 elk, 51 turkeys, 93 pheasants, 51 quail, 13 doves, 5 grouse, 78 ducks, 89 geese, 2 goose eggs, 5 swans, 6 rabbits, 3 squirrels, 165 raccoons, 19 muskrats, 7 mink, 10 beaver, 8 opossum, 3 bobcats, 1 eagle, 28 hawks and owls, 2 songbirds, and 559 fish.
Investigations by the The Wildlife Crimestoppers Program usually begin from tips called in by the public on a toll-free telephone hotline. Since its inception, 277 rewards totaling $35,015.00 have been paid for information.
If you witness or have knowledge of a game law violation, you are encouraged to call the Wildlife Crimestoppers toll-free hotline, 1-800-742-7627. The hotline will be answered by a Game and Parks Commission staff member from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. After hours and on weekends and holidays, it is answered by the Nebraska Crime Stoppers operator and information is relayed to a Commission conservation officer. You are not required to give your name or to appear in court, and you may be eligible for a cash reward.