Friday, May 16, 2003
Crimes involving the state’s fish, wildlife and State Parks resources occur year round.
“We get calls reporting violations all year long, spring and summer are no exception,” said Debbie Bingham, TIP-MONT coordinator.
Montana’s popular TIP-MONT Program and hotline phone number—1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668)—enlists outdoorsmen and women in reporting crimes they observe, including those on U.S. Forest Service lands or involving forest service facilities.
Bingham said callers to 1-800-TIP-MONT who report vandalism in State Parks or on U.S. Forest Service lands are as committed to stopping crime as the callers who report wildlife violations.
TIP-MONT supporters are so devoted, some have started making tax-deductible contributions to expand TIP-MONT’S rewards, said Bingham.
More than $5,000 has been committed to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Foundation, the not for profit organization that accepts contributions on behalf of TIP-MONT.Individuals and organizations may mail their contributions to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Foundation, Attn: TIP-MONT, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. The MFWP Foundation will earmark these tax-deductive contributions for the TIP-MONT Program.