Officials urge SD residents to turn in poachers, use tipline

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Wildlife officials are reminding South Dakota residents about a program that could reward them for reporting illegal hunting or fishing incidents.

The Turn In Poachers program is run through the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. It provides a tipline residents can use to report incidents anonymously and callers are eligible for rewards in cases that lead to an arrest.

Rewards may range between $100 and $300 depending on the reported violation. Higher rewards may be offered in extreme cases.

TIPS produced 213 investigations in the fiscal year ending June 30. It resulted in 126 arrests, more than $18,500 in fines and over $30,000 in civil penalties.

The department says TIPS has led to 3,700 arrests since it began in 1984.

The tipline is 1-888-683-7224.

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