Contact: Lt. Douglas Messeck, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-258-4045, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: April 29-May 5
Reminder for the week: Wildlife area visitors encouraged to know and follow rules
DOVER (May 9, 2014) – 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between April 29-May 5 made 681 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 63 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 26 complaints and issued 21 citations, two of which were related to increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail currently under construction.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Dumping on a state wildlife area (1), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (5), New Castle and Sussex counties; Possession of undersized blue crab (1), Kent County; Illegal possession of river herring during closure (3), and illegal possession of shad during closure (2), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: Failure to maintain proper lookout (1), and failure to observe slow/no wake (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Failure to remain within lane of traffic (1), failure to use turn signal (1), using cell phone while driving (1), and operating a motor vehicle off established roadways in a state wildlife area (1)*, New Castle County; Loitering to engage in prostitution (2), and patronizing a prostitute (1), Sussex County.
* This citation was issued in connection with violations at the C&D Canal Conservation Area; one additional violation at this location is also included above but is not marked with an asterisk: fishing without a license (1).
Are you AWARE?
With warmer weather settling in, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds visitors to take the time to enjoy our state wildlife areas while complying with established rules and regulations.
· State wildlife areas are open from sunrise to sunset and closed to public access from sunset to sunrise, with the exception of those lawfully engaged in hunting or fishing. Anyone else found in state wildlife areas between sunset and sunrise will be cited for trespassing after hours.
· Camping, swimming, target shooting (including paintball), dumping and littering, and fires are prohibited in state wildlife areas.
· Dog training is permitted only within established dog training areas or during open hunting seasons for the game animals that the dog is being trained to hunt.
· Hunting is permitted only in specified areas and only when in season.
· Firearms are prohibited on state wildlife areas between March 1 and Aug. 31, except as otherwise authorized by the Division of Fish and Wildlife for hunting or dog training.
· Operating vehicles off-road, including ATVs, is prohibited; all vehicles must be licensed, remain on designated roads, and not exceed a speed of 20 mph.
· All state wildlife areas are designated carry-in, carry-out for trash.
“We encourage Delaware residents and visitors to enjoy our beautiful wildlife areas by engaging in a host of low-impact activities, including hunting and fishing in season, hiking, wildlife and bird watching, photography, kayaking and canoeing, picnicking and enjoying established trails,” said Lt. Douglas Messeck of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “To protect our wildlife areas and enhance their enjoyment for the many visitors who follow the rules, we strictly enforce state regulations as well as Delaware criminal law.”
Increased Enforcement presence will continue at the C&D Canal Conservation Area, Lt. Messeck added.
For more information, please check state wildlife area maps, which include rules and regulations specific to each state wildlife area. Maps are available online at Hunting Maps.
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx.
Vol. 44, No. 151