July 31, 2014

DNR looking for texted tips

The DNR is asking the public to text in tips about possible illegal activity. The agency is launching a new tip line for text messages, where the public can report those who are breaking state hunting, fishing, and environmental laws, among many others.

Chief Conservation Warden Randy Stark says it could prove to be a valuable tool because the public plays such a critical role in catching those who are harming the environment.

Texts can be sent to tip-411 (847-411) and need to include TIPWDNR in the message. Stark says it’s important to include the “who, what, when, and where” with the text message, so conservation wardens know how to react.

The DNR already operates a tip line for people to call in on at 1-800-TIP-WDNR. Stark says that’s not always an option though, and allowing a text message could help to report violations as they’re happening. He says a tipster can’t very easily call the DNR if they’re in the presence of someone breaking the law, but they might be able to send off a text message without raising suspicion.

Stark says the text a tip line is anonymous.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:08)

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