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Keep Montana's Tip-Mont Program Number Handy
Friday, April 28, 2006
State Parks
This news release was archived on Sunday, May 28, 2006

Boat Launch Sign Damage

Damaged boat launch sign at Ackley Lake.

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.