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. 10-17
Reminder for the week: Proper gear can help avert catastrophe on the water
DOVER (Oct. 19, 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 14 citations between Oct. 10-17. Incidents of note included:
· On Oct. 12, a F&W Enforcement agent, acting on a tip, arrested Dennis A. Odham, 46, of Laurel and charged him with two felonies: possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and possession of ammunition by a person prohibited. Odham also admitted to shooting a deer with a muzzleloading rifle a week earlier. He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court No. 3 and remanded to Sussex Correctional Institution after failing to post $16,672 bond on the felony-related charges and additional charges.
· On Oct. 15, an Enforcement agent patrolling the Milford Neck Wildlife Area charged a Milford man and a juvenile accomplice with drug and criminal violations. The two, with female companions, had parked on the wildlife area during muzzleloader deer hunting season. They then exited their vehicle without any hunting gear and began walking. When the agent approached the group to caution them that the area was being actively hunted, he saw the man and juvenile throw a cigar and cigarette pack into a hedgerow, which the agent recovered and field-tested positively as marijuana. Isaiah T. Dubois, 20, was charged with one count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of dumping, and was released on $500 bond after video arraignment at JP Court No. 2. The juvenile subject was charged with one count of possession of marijuana, one count of criminal impersonation, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and released to his father, with charges to be heard in Family Court at a later date.
Citations, inclusive of the above, issued by Fish & Wildlife with the number of charges in parentheses:
Public safety: Possession of drug paraphernalia (4), New Castle, Kent; possession of schedule 1 drug (marijuana) (4), New Castle, possession of firearm by person prohibited, and possession of ammunition by person prohibited, Sussex; criminal impersonation (1), Kent.
Other: Illegal dumping (1), Kent; trespass (2), Sussex.
Are you AWARE?
The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds the boating public that with fall weather comes cooler air and water temperatures, putting those who duck hunt, fish or cruise our waterways at risk from hypothermia if they fall overboard or get excessively chilled or wet on deck.
“Boating in colder weather provides some great fishing, hunting and recreational opportunities, but to stay safe in the event of a mishap, it’s all about choosing and using the right gear,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.
The U.S. Coast Guard recommends three types of protective clothing that can reduce risk: floatation coats, which double as life jackets but may not protect against hypothermia if the wearer falls into cold water; immersion or survival suits, which can increase survival time in cold water; and dry suits with thermal layers beneath, worn for intentional entry into cold water. Other recommended safety items include a personal position locator beacon (PLB), used to locate a person in the water; a personal emergency locator light; flares, which should be kept in immersion suit pockets and secured with a lanyard; and a whistle to attract the attention of rescuers.
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. 409