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Partnering to stop poaching

Mar 01, 2011

Mar 1 - Conservation Northwest is contributing to a poaching enforcement reward fund, helping catch those who illegally kill Washington wildlife, from wolves to elk.

Partnering to stop poaching

An elk in Oregon killed out of season, from a roadway. The same is happening in Washington State. Photo: Oregon State Police

Conservation Northwest is partnering with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to expand an enforcement reward fund to help catch poachers who illegally kill rare wildlife, like gray wolves or grizzly bears, or who take part in "spree killing" of big game and other wildlife.

Wildlife poaching is on the rise in Washington, a major concern for wildlife management in the region, and difficult for wildlife officers to patrol. This fund will help.

It's thought that four or more wolves may have been illegally killed over the past two years from the Lookout Pack, the first group of naturally returning wolves to take up residence in Washington in many decades. A grizzly bear from the Selkirk Mountains was illegally killed several years ago, and spree killing of big game and other wildlife is on the rise, with WDFW having convicted perhaps the worst poacher in state history just last week.

“Our wildlife enforcement community provides an invaluable service,” said Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest’s executive director and a big game hunter. “They’re out on the front lines patrolling huge areas to protect wildlife, and they deserve our support.”

Poaching hotline:
  • 1-877-933-9847 (1-877-WDFW-TIP) for confidential non-emergency information related to poaching.
  • Email: reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov
  • Text messaging: Key word is wdfwtip. Send to 847411 (TIP411) 
  • Join our effort with a gift to the poaching reward fund (Note "reward fund" in comments)
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