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Operation Game Thief Participation Skyrockets

By Captain Mark Canale and Kevin Giberson

Information about wildlife violations witnessed or suspected can be reported anonymously through New Jersey’s Operation Game Thief program for which you may receive a monetary reward. The program was upgraded in 2012 to increase awareness, develop plans to create a mobile display and to seek additional funding to sustain the reward feature.

In 2013 the Operation Game Thief program received 243 calls, a 158 percent increase over 2012. Calls regarding deer hunting (67) and trout fishing (31) outnumbered reports concerning other species. Fish and Wildlife’s northern region Bureau of Law Enforcement investigated the most calls of the state’s four regions with roughly 40 percent the total calls.

The graph represents the value of a Crime Stoppers-type program dedicated to thwarting wildlife violators in New Jersey and shows the increased participation among New Jersey’s sporting public.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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