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DEER HUNTERS CAN NOW TEXT MESSAGE POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS TO DNR HOTLINE

November 16, 2010

MADISON - New this gun deer season, hunters can report potential hunting and public safety violations by text messaging an anonymous tip to DNR hotline operators.

Anyone with a cell phone with texting service can now send an anonymous tip to the Department of Natural Resources, which is participating in a national program being used by agencies in more than 27 states to receive tips from citizens who observe potential violations. .

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"People play a critical role in our efforts to protect our natural resources and safeguard public safety," says DNR Chief Warden Randy Stark. "This new capability creates an additional way for the public to quickly, easily, and anonymously report violations that would endanger public safety or steal opportunities from law abiding hunters."

Anyone with a cell phone with texting service can now send an anonymous tip by texting the information to tip411 (847-411). The text message itself must start with the letters TIPWDNR to ensure it is routed to Wisconsin DNR hotline operators and not operators from other states participating in the program. DNR monitors texted tips from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days per week. Texted tips received between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. will not be viewed until the next business day, so if a situation requires more immediate attention, people should call the DNR Tipline 1-800-TIP-WDNR, which is monitored 24 hours per day.

Wisconsin DNR joined the national program in late April 2010; since that time 26 texts reporting possible hunting, fishing, environmental, trapping and other violations have been received, according to Adrienne Sullivan, the DNR hotline operator overseeing the texting program.

Hunters can still report violations by calling 1-800-TIP-WDNR

The ability to text violations will be in addition to the 24 hours a day/seven days per week confidential telephone tip line DNR operates to report suspected or observed illegal activity, according to Steve Sisbach, DNR's environmental enforcement chief. The number is easy to remember, 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367 or cell#367.

In 2009, more than one quarter of the 5,252 calls to the hotline concerned hunting and trapping violations, making it the largest single category, Sisbach says.

Hunting question? Call, e-mail or chat online to get your answer

Hunters with questions about regulations during the hunting season (and all year) can reach DNR customer service staff by phone and online from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Spanish and Hmong bilingual customer service representatives are also available.

Customers may reach Customer Service at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463) or by e-mail at csweb@wisconsin.gov. An online chat link is also available at dnr.wi.gov/contact.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Sisbach (608) 266-7317 or Laurel Steffes, Office of Communications (608) 266-8109

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 16, 2010




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