Walleyes Unlimited of Montana presented a $1,000 Christmas donation to FWP to benefit the agency's TIP-MONT and Aquatic Education programs.
"We hope the money is used to help prevent illegal introductions of fish into Montana's rivers and lakes," said Roger Larsen, of Walleye's Unlimited of Montana. "We also believe the best way to curb illegal introductions is through education."
Illegal introductions of fish occur when someone moves live fish from one body of water to another, which can cause irreparable damage to a fishery. FWP's Turn in Poachers - Montana, or TIP-MONT hotline is a toll-free number individuals can call to report violations of fish, wildlife or parks regulations. It is similar to the well-known Crimestoppers program and offers rewards for information resulting in apprehension of persons who abuse Montana's natural, historic or cultural resources. The hotline number is 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
FWP's Aquatic Education Program is designed to introduce youngsters to the sport of fishing. For information on Walleyes Unlimited, write to Walleyes Unlimited, PO Box 4427, Helena, MT 59604.