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- Negligent use of firearms
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- Destruction of signs and state property
- Illegal killing, taking or possession of any wildlife
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Designed to encourage sportsmen to report poaching and wildlife crimes.
Operation Game Thief Tip-line Call Nets Violation for Over-limit of White Perch
On April 7th, 2020 a caller notified the Operation Game Thief hotline of two individuals catching and keeping what he believed to be river herring from the spillway of Lake Lenape in Mays Landing. The caller said the anglers also had been fishing the previous day, placing every fish they caught in buckets on their kayaks.
Conservation Police Lt. Craig James responded and observed that the man and woman were actually catching white perch. River herring are protected; the white perch daily limit is 25 per person. Not seeing an immediate violation, Lt. James continued to watch from a distance. After reeling in their lines, they began to paddle downstream. Lt. James called them to the bank to inspect their catch. Before the woman reached shore, she threw a plastic bag holding fish into the river. Lt. James convinced her to retrieve the bag before the river carried it away.
Each angler’s license was checked and their fish counted. The woman’s bucket had 35 perch, with three more in the plastic bag totaling 13 fish over the limit. Along with his legal catch of crappie and channel catfish, the man had three perch over the limit. For taking an over-limit of pan fish, ignoring the officer’s order to not throw the bag plus for littering, the woman received a court-assessed fine of $750. The man’s fine was $250 for his violation.