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DNREC Unveils Operation Game Theft Mobile Outreach Unit

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DOVER, Del. – Delaware wildlife officials have unveiled a multimedia outreach unit to encourage the public to help them apprehend and convict game law violators.

The 27-foot long display trailer, which includes more than 100 inoperable weapons and items confiscated from poachers and other game law violators, is now available for community outreach events, according to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

“In addition to enforcing our wildlife laws and regulations, DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are charged with educating the public about these laws,” said DNREC Secretary David Small. “This new mobile Operation Game Theft display is a high-visibility tool for conducting this important public outreach and education.”

Operation Game Theft has been in effect for 35 years. In 1980, the Delaware General Assembly established the Wildlife Theft Prevention Fund for it, consisting of the fines collected from game law violators as well as donations. The legislature gave the Division of Fish and Wildlife the authority to choose which offenses would be rewarded and by how much.

Rewards up to $1,000 are paid for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a game law violator(s), as follows:

  • Rewards of $100 to $1,000 for information about: Killing an endangered or threatened species; commercialization of wildlife (selling wildlife or wildlife parts including some taxidermy specimens); any violation in which a Fish & Wildlife officer is assaulted; and violators fleeing to avoid prosecution for a wildlife violation.
  • Rewards of $100 to $500 for information about: Poisoning wildlife; destruction of state wildlife areas or equipment; gross over-the-limit harvest of wildlife; illegally hunting black ducks, canvasbacks, turkeys or Canada geese; illegally hunting waterfowl or white-tailed deer on designated state game refuges; willful obstruction of lawful hunting; illegally hunting or trapping out-of-season or at night; hunting with a revoked license; and possession, tending or setting killer traps with a jaw spread in excess of 5 inches.
  • Rewards up to $100 for information about: Fraudulent use of a hunting license and/or fraudulently obtaining a hunting license; illegally hunting with a rifle; and dumping trash on state wildlife areas.

An additional $100 reward will be paid by the Delaware Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone illegally killing a wild turkey in Delaware.

To report game law violators, call the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Operation Game Theft 24-hour hotline at 800-292-3030. 

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