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 Oct. 17-24
Reminder for the week: Waterfowlers, check your gear for prohibited lead shot
DOVER (Oct. 25, 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 37 complaints and issued 10 citations between Oct. 17-24.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Recreational Fisheries Conservation: Fishing without a license (2), possession of undersized striped bass (1), and possession of undersized tautog (5), Sussex County.
Wildlife Conservation: Failure to tag antlered deer (1), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: No life jacket on child age 12 or younger as required by law (1), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
With the first split-season for migratory waterfowl opening today, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind waterfowl hunters to check their hunting bags, coats, boats and any other gear make sure they are not carrying any lead shot.
“Small game hunters sometimes forget to remove boxes of lead shot from their hunting bags or accidentally leave extra lead shells in their hunting coat pockets when they go waterfowl hunting,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “Using toxic lead shot for waterfowl hunting is prohibited to prevent lead contamination of habitats and poisoning of wildlife, and hunters can be fined for possession of lead shot while hunting, whether the shot is loaded or simply carried.”
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. 42, No. 416