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 Jan. 16-23
Reminder for the week: Be cautious when boating icy waters, walking on frozen ponds
DOVER (Jan. 25, 2013) – 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 33 complaints and issued 32 citations between Jan. 16 and 23. Incidents of particular note included:
· On Jan. 22, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents arrested Theodore J. Buresh Jr., 41, of New Castle, on charges of felony possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited and second degree criminal trespass in connection with an incident on state property near the C&D Canal. Buresh was arraigned and released on $3,100 unsecured bond, pending a later court date.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Driving a motor vehicle off an established roadway in a state wildlife area (2), New Castle County; Hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (2), hunting migratory waterfowl without federal stamp (2), possession of prohibited lead shot while hunting waterfowl (1), and possession of over-the-limit Canada geese (3), Kent County; Possession of unlawfully taken game (4), and hunting waterfowl with the aid of bait (7), Kent and Sussex counties; Failure to tag antlered deer (2), failure to register antlered deer within 24 hours (1), failure to tag antlerless deer (1), failure to register antlerless deer within 24 hours (1), and butchering antlered deer prior to registration (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Felony possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited (1), New Castle County.
Other: Second degree criminal trespass (1), driving with a suspended license (1), operating an uninsured motor vehicle (1), and failure to transfer motor vehicle title at time of sale/operating an unregistered motor vehicle (1), New Castle County.
Are you AWARE?
With the recent cold snap icing over Delaware ponds, marshes and streams, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind hunters, boaters, anglers and other winter outdoor enthusiasts of the potential hazards of ice.
· Waterfowlers using a boat while hunting should watch ice conditions and currents carefully to avoid becoming locked in by ice. Drifting ice in tidal marshes and streams also can complicate rescue efforts.
· Anglers, skaters and outdoor enthusiasts should exercise extreme caution when venturing out onto ice, and should always take a buddy who could provide or summon help in an emergency situation.
· Examine ice carefully. For walking, freshwater ice should be a minimum of 2 to 3 inches thick, clear and sound, with no thin spots caused by springs or currents. Be wary of snow on the ice, which can hide weak spots. For ice fishing, ice should be at least 4 inches thick.
· Driving ATVs, snowmobiles and passenger vehicles on ice is strongly discouraged. To support the weight of a vehicle, ice must be at least 7 to 10 inches thick. Without an extended period of extreme cold, ice is unlikely to reach this thickness in Delaware.
“With the current bitter cold temperatures, a mishap that would otherwise be an inconvenience can instantly become a life-threatening situation,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “Falling out of a boat or through ice into cold water can lead to hypothermia and death in minutes. When in doubt, it’s best to stay off the ice.”
Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580.
Vol. 43, No. 23