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Reporting WV fish and wildlife violations just got easier

From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

-- Reporting poaching and other fish and wildlife law violations just got easier in West Virginia with a new website option for reporting activity that threatens fish, wildlife and critical habitat.

The website can be found at www.wvdnr.gov/LEnforce/Poachers.shtm.

"We have a limited number of Natural Resources police officers in the field, so the public plays a critical role in protecting our natural resources by reporting violations," according to Lt. Col. Jerry Jenkins, DNR Law Enforcement.

DNR law enforcement officers ask anyone who witnesses a potential violation to collect as much information as possible without confronting the individual under suspicion. Jenkins said helpful information includes license plate numbers, vehicle color and make, the type of violation, the time it occurred and a description of the individual or individuals involved.

"Reporting a crime with this form is anonymous," he said. "The Division of Natural Resources does not obtain any information that will identify the user of this system unless you are willing to give us your name and contact information."

For more information about how to report emergency and non-emergency fish and wildlife violations, visit www.wvdnr.gov/LEnforce/Poachers.shtm.

The site includes instructions and direct links to the email and online reporting options.

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