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Wisconsin adds Text-a-Tip to hotline

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Wisconsin hunters can now report potential hunting and public safety violations by text messaging an anonymous tip to DNR hotline operators.
 
Anyone with a cell phone with texting service can now send an anonymous tip to the DNR which is participating in a national program used by agencies in more than 27 states to receive tips from citizens who observe potential violations.

The new capability creates an additional way for the public to quickly, easily and anonymously report violations that would endanger public safety or steal opportunities from law abiding hunters."

Anyone with a cell phone with texting service can now send an anonymous tip by texting the information to  tip411 (847-411). The text message must start with the letters TIPWDNR to ensure it is routed to Wisconsin DNR hotline operators and not operators from other states participating in the program. DNR monitors texted tips from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days per week.

Texted tips received between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. will not be viewed until the next business day, so if a situation requires more immediate attention, people should call the DNR Tipline at (800)847-9367 or cell #367 which is monitored 24 hours per day.

Wisconsin joined the national program in late April 2010. Since that time 26 texts reporting possible hunting, fishing, environmental, trapping and other violations have been received, according to Adrienne Sullivan, the hotline operator overseeing the texting program.

Hunters can still report violations by calling (800)847-9367. The ability to text violations will be in addition to the 24 hours a day/seven days per week confidential telephone tip line DNR operates to report suspected or observed illegal activity.

In 2009, more than one quarter of the 5,252 calls to the hotline concerned hunting and trapping violations, making it the largest single category.

Hunting question? Call, e-mail or chat online to get your answer. Hunters with questions about regulations during the hunting season (and all year) can reach DNR customer service staff by phone and online from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Spanish and Hmong bilingual customer service representatives are also available.

Customers may reach Customer Service at (888)936-7463 or e-mail csweb@wisconsin.gov. An online chat link is also available at dnr.wi.gov/contact. For more information, call Steve Sisbach at (608) 266-7317 or Laurel Steffes at (608) 266-8109.

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