Turn in a Poacher (TIP) Program in Washington

Purpose of the TIP Trailer

The HE/TIP (Hunter Education/Turn In A Poacher) trailer serves two main objectives:

  1. Engagement: It aims to involve both hunters and the general public in actively protecting natural resources.
  2. Education and Recruitment: The trailer promotes Hunter Education and encourages the recruitment of new hunters to continue Washington's hunting heritage.

Usage and Scheduling

  • Operational Use: Utilized by Fish and Wildlife Officers across Washington as a community policing and preventive enforcement tool.
  • Scheduling Contacts: To schedule the TIP Trailer, contact the Enforcement Headquarters Lieutenant at (360) 902-2923.

Washington State Patrol Contact Numbers

  • Specific numbers for various regions in Washington are provided for direct contact with the State Patrol.

Reporting Poaching

  • Serious Crime: Poaching steals wildlife from the community and is a severe offense.
  • Reporting Role: The public's help is crucial in reporting fish and wildlife violations due to limited enforcement resources.
  • State Coverage: With extensive geographic coverage and limited officers, citizen reports are vital.

How to Report

  1. Vehicle Information: Note the license plate, make, model, year, and any distinctive features.
  2. Violator Description: Include details like sex, age, race, hair color, build, and name/address if known.
  3. Violation Details: Record the type of violation, location (including GPS coordinates, if possible), time, and species involved.
  4. Safety First: Never confront a poacher. Keep a safe distance and avoid disturbing potential crime scenes to preserve evidence integrity.

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

  • Purpose: This agreement among 34 member states, including Washington, Oregon, California, and others, ensures that suspension of fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses in one state is recognized in all participating states.
  • Impact: Illegal activities in one state can affect an individual’s fishing or hunting privileges across all member states.

Reporting Violations and Poaching

Emergency Situations

  • Dial 911: To report poaching in progress.

For Non-Emergency Violations/Poaching

  1. Phone: Call WDFW toll-free at 1-877-933-9847 (1-877-WDFW-TIP).
  2. Email: Send details to reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov.
  3. Anonymous Texting:
    • Compose a text message with keyword WDFWTIP, followed by the violation details.
    • Send to 847411 (TIP411). This ensures anonymity as it goes through a server that masks the sender’s identity.
  4. Online Reporting:
  5. Direct Contact:
    • Report to the nearest WDFW Regional Office during work hours (8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday).
    • Contact the nearest Washington State Patrol Communications Center.

For Other Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Questions

  • Call Enforcement WILDCOMM: Dial (360) 902-2936, option 6.

Reporting Hunting Accidents

  • Primary Contact: First call Enforcement WILDCOMM at (360) 902-2936.
  • Alternate Contacts: If WILDCOMM is unavailable, contact the nearest WDFW Regional Office or the Washington State Patrol.

Non-Emergency Dangerous Wildlife Observations

  • Phone: Call toll-free 1-877-933-9847 (1-877-WDFW-TIP).

Aquatic Invasive Species Reports

  • Phone: Call toll-free 1-888-933-9247 (1-888-WDFW-AIS).

Reporting Illegal Marijuana Grows

  • Phone: Call toll-free 1-800-388-GROW (4769).

Reward Program for Information on Poaching

Cash Rewards

  • Eligibility: Substantial contributions to an arrest for violations of Title 77.15 RCW or WAC 220, including loss of fish, wildlife, or damage to WDFW property, may be eligible for cash rewards.
  • Annual Payouts: Approximately $8,000 is paid annually in rewards.

Hunting Bonus Points

  • Eligibility: For information on illegal hunting or killing of big game or an endangered species.
  • Benefits: Up to 10 bonus points may be awarded, significantly improving the chance of drawing special hunting permits.

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