South Dakota’s Turn in Poachers program, often called TIPs, had a successful year, according to a statement from the state’s Game, Fish and Parks Department.
The statement said 261 people called in to report wildlife crimes during the last yearly reporting period, which closed June 30. The calls led to 261 investigations, $31,000 in fines and $57,400 in liquidated civil damages. The investigations resulted in 146 arrests, which was the highest in program history.
Through TIPs, callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for rewards in cases that lead to an arrest. The statement said $6,500 was paid out in rewards last year.
The TIPs program began in 1984 and since that time, citizens have generated 11,919 investigations that have led to 4,327 arrests, the statement said.
GFP officials continue to encourage citizens to call the TIPs hotline at 888-683-7224 or visit tips.sd.gov if they observe illegal hunting, fishing or trapping activity.
For more information, go to tips.sd.gov.