Reminder for the week: Be cautious when boating icy waters or walking on frozen ponds
DOVER – To achieve public compliance with laws and regulations through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Jan. 1-7 made 915 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, issuing 23 citations. Officers responded to 33 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. An increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and Michael N. Castle Trail.
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions
Incident of note:
Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting migratory waterfowl without required federal waterfowl stamp (3), hunting migratory waterfowl without required HIP number (1), hunting migratory waterfowl without required state waterfowl stamp (2), hunting illegally on Sunday (1), possession of unlawfully taken game (1), hunting migratory waterfowl with illegal toxic lead shot (2), hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (1)*, and prohibited hunting device (bait) (3).
Public Safety: Possession of marijuana-civil (1).
Other: Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (1), trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (5), damaging state property (1), and parking violation (1).
*Includes citation(s) issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish, wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at de.gov/ogt.
Are you AWARE?
With the cold weather, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind anglers, hunters and winter outdoor enthusiasts of the potential hazards of ice and being in winter weather, and offers these tips:
Media Contact: Lt. John McDerby 302-354-1386, or Sgt. Brooke Africa 302-382-7167, or Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 302-739-9913
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