PIERRE, S.D. - (DRG News) A trailer that travels the state educating South Dakotans about poaching and its impact on South Dakota’s wildlife has a new look. The Turn In Poachers program has used the trailer at various events including sporting shows and festivals. Recently, new photo “skins” were placed on the trailer’s exterior-making it more visible. Andy Alban, Law Enforcement Administrator for the Wildlife Division and Acting TIP’s Coordinator says the trailer gets lots of use. Inside the trailer, Alban says there are numerous examples of animals and fish that were taken illegally.
Alban says the new outside of the trailer draws attention to its purpose and to the TIPS program.
Alban says those that see the trailer contents usually express their discontent with poachers who have wasted the state’s wildlife resources.
The newly redesigned trailer was parked in front of the Capitol Thursday morning and was viewed by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Daugaard said the trailer shows several examples of why poaching is wrong and how important it is to protect the state’s natural resources.
Daugaard says South Dakotans should remember the TIPS line when they believe poaching may have occurred.
The TIPS program was started in 1984 after two elk were killed illegally in the Black Hills. Since then, there have been more than 10,000 investigations, resulting in about 3,400 arrests. TIPS is a private, non-profit organization run by Wildlife Protection Incorporated. If people see or hear about wildlife violations, they should call the TIPS line at 1-888-OVERBAG (683-7224). People can also contact their local conservation officer or report violations on the G F & P website at http://gfp.sd.gov/agency/law-enforcement/turn-in-poachers.aspx.
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