TIP-MONT allows informants to remain anonymous if they wish. We are dedicated to protecting the identity of informants, even to the point of not continuing with the prosecution if by doing so it would compromise the promise of anonymity. This trust, in combination with a reward for accurate information leading to an apprehension, will hopefully encourage cooperation by those who have information and might not come forward otherwise.
When an informant calls TIP-MONT they will be asked how contact can be made to arrange for follow-up information or to make reward payments. Another option is to arrange for the informant to initiate the call-back.
Of course, a successful investigation and prosecution often depends on informants to provide additional clarifying or follow-up information, sign sworn statements or appear in court if necessary. We hope to continue to receive information from concerned individuals who are willing to give their names. Even if an informant does give us their name it will remain completely confidential unless the informant authorizes its release.
Violations of laws serioulsy affect fish, wildlife, state parks, and forests in Montana. The following examples of vandalism or violations cause habitat destruction, depletion and destruction of fish and wildlife populations, as well as destruction of natural resources.
When you become aware of a violation, try to observe and gather as many facts as possible. Write the details down. Above all, stay calm and don't worry - when you call TIP-MONT, a trained operator will ask you the questions necessary to get all the facts you gathered.
Remember, NEVER approach or attempt to apprehend a suspect.
Call 1-800-847-6668 or contact the nearest Game Warden or Fish, Wildlife & Parks office as soon as possible. This toll-free number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained staff will take your call, receive the information you supply, and immediately pass it on to the nearest warden or agency with jurisdiction. All calls are important, however, calls concerning violations in progress increase the chances of violators being caught and convicted.
If it does not require immediate attention, you may also report the violation online.
Whether you call TIP-MONT, the nearest warden, or submit the violation online, unless you state otherwise you can be assured of complete confidentiality or anonymity.
Anyone who provides information may remain anonymous. A unique identification number will be assigned to each anonymous report and used to identify your call for any future communications. You must retain this number if you wish to claim your reward.
If the information you have provided leads to an arrest, you could be eligble for a cash reward up to $1,000.