ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There was a 29 percent increase in arrests of poachers in Minnesota from 2011 to 2012. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that the number of tip calls to their Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline increased by 54 percent.
The TIP line calls referred to conservation officers was 2,051 in 2012 as compared with 1,328 in 2011. This broke the previous record of 1,866 in 1981 when the TIP line was founded.
Last year's calls led to 359 arrests, mostly related to deer, fish and waterfowl violations.
DNR Enforcement Officer Jim Konrad says "A conservation officer has only one set of eyes and covers 650 square miles. If the public is concerned about natural resources, every person is another set of eyes that can help catch those violating the law."
Since 1981 the TIP hotline has fielded thousands of reports of fish and wildlife violations, paying out nearly $358,000 in cash rewards that lead to arrests. Nearly half of informants turn the reward down.
Anyone witnessing a fish or wildlife violation is encouraged to contact the nearest conservation officer, law enforcement agency or the 24 hour toll-free TIP hotline at 800-652-9093. Cell phone users can dial #TIP.
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