That Montanans remain concerned about the welfare of our wildlife resources is evidenced by the continuing use of FWP's toll-free--800-TIP-MONT--hotline (800-847-6668) to report observed or expected violations of state fish and game laws.
At its most recent meeting earlier this month, the TIP-MONT program's Board of Directors awarded $1,550 in cash rewards to five of those who offered tips leading to the apprehension of violators. Cases for which rewards were paid varied from unlawfully taken big game animals to illegal trapping. The Board also rewarded $1,126 in funds donated to the TIP-MONT program to individuals who called in tips leading to the apprehension of two persons who speared a deer within the Helena city limits earlier this fall.
According to Shelly Hiron, TIP-MONT program coordinator for Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Enforcement Division in Helena, "since the program's inception in 1985, over $65,300 has been rewarded to those who have provided important tips over the hotline."
"Montanans owe all those who have called TIP-MONT to date a great deal of appreciation," she said. "Those providing information are a first line of defense against poaching and are among a game warden's best friends."
She noted that providing information in an accurate and timely manner not only may help wardens bring wildlife law violators to justice, but also "may save wildlife that might have been a target for the violator in the future."
In addition to the toll-free telephone number, those with tips to offer also can use FWP's website (www.fwp.state.mt.us) to provide information on fish and wildlife law violations. Those who provide tips on violations of state park regulations now are eligible for rewards as well.