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February 06, 1997
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255

Turning in poachers will net rewards for hunters

OLYMPIA -- Deer and elk poaching may be more difficult in the future because of a new reporting incentive created by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The commission on Saturday authorized a reward system for people who provide information that leads to the arrest of a person for illegally killing big game animals or those listed as endangered species.

The system gives persons reporting poaching an advantage by awarding 10 bonus points in future deer and elk permit drawings. The permits are needed for some special hunts.

Officials of the Department of Fish and Wildlife believe the new incentive of bonus points will be an effective tool to combat poaching. A cash reward of $100, which the agency has offered for a number of years, still will be available for persons who elect to receive cash.

"We have added one more incentive for hunters to be aware of poaching activities and to report them," said Lisa Pelly, chair of the commission.

Anyone witnessing a poaching incident should contact local law enforcement authorities or notify the Department of Fish and Wildlife by using a statewide, toll-free number, 1-800-477-6224.