Louisiana Operation Game Thief Inc. Issues $22,100 in 2012
Many of those “Bad Boyz of the Outdoorz” stories you hear each Saturday morning on my radio program are the result of tips received from concerned citizens as evidenced by the following:
Louisiana Operation Game Thief Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $9,200 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on Jan. 26 in Baton Rouge.
For the 2012 calendar year, LOGT approved and dispensed $22,100 in cash rewards for concerned citizens who reported wildlife violations that led to 79 subjects being apprehended in wildlife cases. There were a total of 53 cases presented and 531 offenses associated with those cases in 2012.
Louisiana Department Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement LOGT coordinator Lt. Will Roberts provided LOGT members with information on each case and a recommendation for reward amounts.
"We depend on Operation Game Thief and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved," Roberts said.
Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 442-2511 or utilize LDWF’s new tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, citizens can anonymously text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge. Citizen Observer, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.
LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations. Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association. Since its inception in 1984, LOGT has issued $324,700 in rewards.