Friday, October 18, 2002
Anyone who observes a violation committed on U.S. Forest Service lands can now report it to 1-800-TIP-MONT, in the same way they would report violations involving Montana's fish, wildlife and State Parks.
"FWP's partnership with the U.S. Forest Service will make it easier for the public to report violations they observe in the outdoors," said Debbie Bingham who manages the TIP-MONT hotline.
Violations of USFS regulations may include off-road travel by OHVs; travel behind closed gates; vandalism to signs; theft of trees; and fire-related offenses.
"These resources belong to all Montanans and they are often vulnerable, especially when they are in remote locations or many miles from major population areas. That is why hunters, anglers, hikers and other outdoor recreationists are some of the best potential sources of information on these types of crimes," Bingham said.
In 2001, more than 1,100 callers contacted TIP-MONT with information to help FWP field wardens solve crimes. Calls reporting violations on USFS lands are forwarded to forest rangers for response.
The 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668) hotline operates 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court and may receive a reward for their tip.