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Outdoor Crimes Are A Year-Round Concern


Fri May 27 00:00:00 MDT 2005

Medicine Rocks State Park suffered vandalism in 2000 when youth staged a paint ball fight in the park.

Medicine Rocks State Park

Crimes involving the state’s fish, wildlife and State Parks resources occur year round.

"Whether it's hunting, fishing, or year-round recreation, TIP-MONT is the place to report outdoor violations," said Debbie Lewis, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks TIP-MONT coordinator.

Montana’s popular TIP-MONT Program and hotline (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. 

Vandalism in Montana's State Parks is an especially difficult crime to follow-up on without a witness, Lewis said. Callers who observe vandals and report them play an important role in stopping these costly crimes.

"Those who take the time to call TIP-MONT do make a big difference, especially when they are able to report details or have observed a crime first-hand," Lewis said. All callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for awards.

TIP-MONT is a crime-stopper line for reporting crimes only. Individuals with wildlife or other questions should call the nearest FWP regional or area office. Or visit FWP's TIP-MONT web page for more information.

To report violations or suspected violations, call 1-800-TIP-MONT.