Catch fishing violators by text

Reporting poaching and other fish and wildlife violations to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife just got easier.

WDFW has added a new text-messaging option for reporting activity that threatens fish, wildlife and critical habitat. Tip411 allows users to send a text message to the state's dispatch center.

"We have a limited number of fish and wildlife officers in the field, so the public plays a critical role in protecting our natural resources by reporting violations," said Chief Bruce Bjork, who heads WDFW's enforcement program.

WDFW enforcement officials ask anyone who witnesses a potential violation to collect as much information as possible without confronting the individual under suspicion. Bjork said helpful information includes license plate numbers, vehicle color and make, the type of violation, the time it occurred and a description of the individual or individuals involved.

Tips should be sent to 847411 (Tip411). The message must begin with the letters WDFWTIP followed by a space, and then a brief description of the violation and location.

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