With many hunting seasons in progress or about to begin, the Idaho Fish and Game is asking the public to call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline if they witness a violation of fish and game laws.
“Calls from concerned citizens are instrumental in catching poachers stealing from Idaho’s citizens,” said Chris Wright, Fish and Game assistant enforcement bureau chief.
Callers to CAP hotline, 1-800-632-5999, can report wildlife law violations anonymously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cash rewards are available to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected wildlife law violators.
During the 35 year history, CAP has been an important link to catching poachers. Each year, CAP receives an average of 600 calls from the public, which results in 150 citations issued and $20,000 paid in rewards.
"Many hunters and anglers help us solve cases regardless of the reward," said Wright. "But it is a good added incentive for some.”
Rewards are: $200 for birds, fish and general violations; $300 for most big game animals and wild turkey; $600 for trophy species such as bighorn sheep, mountain goat, grizzly, moose and caribou. In special circumstances, these amounts can be higher.
Citizens who report a wildlife violation are encouraged to note as complete a description as possible of people and vehicles involved as well as report it as quickly as possible. But it’s critical to never to put yourself in harm’s way trying to get it.
“License plate numbers are extremely useful as well as detailed information such as exact location, time and description of suspects,” Wright said. “But try to keep your distance and never confront the suspects or put yourself in jeopardy.”
Persons with any information about suspected poaching activity are encouraged to call the CAP hotline at 1-800-632-5999, report online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/poacher, or contact their local Fish and Game office.