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Keep Montana's Tip-Mont Program Number Handy

Montana State Parks

Fri Apr 28 00:00:00 MDT 2006

Damaged boat launch sign at Ackley Lake.

Boat Launch Sign Damage

Montana’s TIP-MONT "crimestopper" program is at work year round because wildlife crimes and vandalism occur year round. Recently 18 people who phoned in information useful to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in solving crimes received a total of $11,400 in reward money.

The potential reward and the fact reports can remain anonymous are two good reasons to keep the TIP-MONT number handy. It is 1-800-TIP-MONT, or 1-800-847-6668.  The best reason is that TIP-MONT works to protect Montana's natural resources.

Anytime you have information about poaching, or other hunting and fishing violations, or vandalism in a Montana State Park or on U.S. Forest Service lands, you can act immediately to report the details of the crime by calling TIP-MONT.

To help ensure the information you share with TIP-MONT makes a difference:

* avoid contact with the individuals and never put your safety at risk;

* note the details and write them down immediately;

* watch for identifying numbers such as those on a license plate, OHV, boat hull or plane tail;

* note exactly when and where the violation occurred;

* get physical descriptions of the people involved, including approximate weight, height, hair color and clothing;

* describe the location of physical evidence and do not move, collect or touch the evidence;

* write down the phone numbers and addresses of any additional witnesses.

The TIP-MONT hotline enables everyone to participate in preserving our state’s outdoor heritage. To report violations or suspected violations call: 1-800-TIP-MONT.   For more information, visit FWP’s TIP-MONT web page.