Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Aug. 15-22
Reminder for the week: Hunting seasons begin Sept. 1, so get your license now
DOVER (Aug. 24, 2012) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents responded to 72 complaints and issued 58 citations between Aug. 15 and Aug. 22. Incidents of note included:
· On Aug. 20, agents located and arrested Duane L. Knight, 34, of New Castle, and charged him with impersonating a police officer and conspiracy, both felonies, and three misdemeanors - disorderly conduct, third degree criminal trespass and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area. The charges were in connection with a June 2011 incident at the C&D Canal Wildlife Area. Knight pled not guilty in Justice of the Peace Court 11 in New Castle and was released on $7,250 unsecured bond pending trial at a later date in the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas.
· On Aug. 4, Theodore Baumgardner, 39, of Wilmington was convicted of felonious receipt of stolen property valued over $1,500 in Superior Court of Delaware in connection with an August 2011 incident in which a Division of Fish and Wildlife-owned vessel was stolen. Investigation of this incident is continuing, with additional arrests expected.
· On Aug. 19, agents were checking licenses of recreational anglers near Port Penn. Edwin W. Wooters, 28, of Middletown, was taken into custody on court capiases out of both the Kent and New Castle Courts of Common Pleas and an arrest warrant filed by New Castle County Police. Wooters was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 11 in New Castle and released on $873 cash bail.
· On Aug. 19, agents cited Don D. Zakrociemski, 30, of Millsboro for negligent operation of a motor vessel and operating a motor vessel without a boating safety certificate in connection with an incident in which a small boat struck Middle Island in the Massey’s Ditch area of Indian River Bay. The vessel was removed by a private marine tow and salvage service.
· On Aug. 22, Rolando R. Castillo, 33, of Newark was found guilty in Justice of the Peace Court 9 in Middletown on a charge of negligent operation of a vessel in connection with a July incident in which Castillo operated a jet ski close to swimmers in the Delaware River off Augustine Beach.
· Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents are also investigating reports of illegal tampering with commercial crab pots in the Delaware River near Wilmington. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 302-739-4580.
Citations issued this week by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Recreational Fisheries Conservation: Fishing without a license (12), and possession of undersized blue crabs (2), New Castle and Sussex counties; possession of undersized summer flounder (5), possession of undersized red drum (1), possession of undersized weakfish (2), possession of undersized Atlantic croaker (5), improperly marked recreational crab pots (1), net use in prohibited area (1), and over limit on recreational crab pots (2), Sussex County; use of crab pot without by-catch excluders (2), and possession of unlawfully taken game - turtles (2), New Castle County.
Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area (4), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets aboard (4), no life jackets on children age 12 or younger as required by law (3), negligent operation of motor vessel (1), operating a motor vessel without a boating safety certificate (1), slow-no-wake violations (2), Sussex County; operation of unregistered motor vessel (3), New Castle and Sussex counties.
Other: Impersonating a police officer (1), conspiracy (1), disorderly conduct (1), third degree criminal trespass (1), and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (1), New Castle County. (See above for more on this case.)
Are you AWARE?
With archery deer, mourning dove and resident Canada goose seasons opening on Sept. 1, the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section encourages hunters to purchase their licenses and permits and to obtain their Federal Harvest Information (HIP) numbers now.
Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find the participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/services/Pages/Licenses.aspx. For additional information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918.
In addition to a Delaware hunting license, teal, dove and goose hunters are required to register with the Federal Harvest Information Program to obtain a free registration number. Hunters can call toll free 1-855-335-4868 or go to www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt to register for a HIP number.
Hunters age 16 and older who take resident or migratory waterfowl – including teal and Canada geese – also are required to purchase a Delaware Duck Stamp, available for purchase online or from Delaware license agents, and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp, available for purchase online and at U.S. Post Offices.
For complete information on hunting in Delaware, hunters should also consult the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, along with state wildlife area maps if they plan to hunt on wildlife areas. Copies of the guide are available at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, at license agents statewide, and online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting. Hunting maps for state wildlife areas are available by calling 302-739-9912 or online at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/HuntingMaps.aspx.
Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580.
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