Sunday, May 22, 2016

Report A Poacher Number can now be used to report crimes to land and habitats

Alberta Conservation Association

While the majority of Albertans are responsible users of public lands, there are examples every year of inappropriate land stewardship. For example, carelessly driving all-terrain vehicles through the beds and shores of our waterways can destroy fish habitat and hinder fish spawning. Clearing trees and other vegetation from an area to create a new trail or camping spot also contributes to the deterioration of wildlife habitat. And abandoning vehicles, furniture or significant amounts of garbage ruins the landscape for people and animals alike.

Call Report A Poacher at 1-800-642-3800.

We can all get the most out of these lands if we work together to respect them, and we are announcing a new way for people to do just that. Anyone who witnesses serious public lands abuse can now phone the 24-hour Report A Poacher line to notify a Fish and Wildlife Officer. This is in addition to the line's existing use as a means to report hunting and fishing violations and dangerous wildlife encounters. This new tool will contribute to our multi-agency approach to enforcement. Complaints through the Report A Poacher number will be directed to Fish and Wildlife Officers, who will respond to and investigate most of these public lands abuses. Other complaints will be directed to Conservation Officers and Seasonal Park Rangers to coordinate a response.

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