Louisiana Operation Game Thief, a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $9,200 to diligent citizens statewide at its quarterly meeting Jan. 26 in Baton Rouge.
The program approved and dispensed $22,100 in cash rewards in 2012 to concerned citizens who reported wildlife violations that led to 79 subjects being apprehended in wildlife cases. A total of 53 cases were presented and 531 offenses associated with those cases in 2012.
For the last quarter of 2012, LOGT issued $9,200 in reward money on 24 cases.
LOGT Coordinator Lt. Will Roberts with Louisiana Department Wildlife Fisheries Enforcement provided LOGT members with information on each case and a recommendation for reward amounts.
“We depend on Operation Game Thief and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” Roberts said.
Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF’s new tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, citizens can anonymously text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.
CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.
LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations. Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.
Since its inception in 1984, LOGT has issued $324,700 in rewards.
To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at email@example.com.
LOGT meets quarterly throughout the year to review cases and dispense rewards.