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
Division of Fish and Wildlife reiterates road closure
with new signs at Nanticoke Wildlife Area
LAUREL (Sept. 24, 2013) – In an effort to curb dumping and other illegal activities in the area, new road closure signs have been posted at each end of an unpaved dirt road on the Robert L. Graham Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The dirt road connects Phillips Landing Road near the boat ramp with Old Sharptown Road on the other side of the wildlife area. The signs read: “Road closed from sunset to sunrise unless hunting,” reminding visitors of state regulations that prohibit after hours entry to wildlife areas unless engaged in legal hunting or fishing activities.
“This area has been a dumping ground for trash and other illegal activities,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section Chief James Graybeal. “With the appropriate signage now in place, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers will soon begin issuing citations if you are caught using this road after sunset and you are not actively hunting. We will continue to be vigilant in this area with zero tolerance for illegal activities such as dumping.”
The 4,415-acre Nanticoke Wildlife Area includes access for anglers and boaters to the scenic and historic Nanticoke River via Phillips Landing public boat ramp, as well as posted hunting areas in season. In recent months, violations in the area have included: dumping trash, furniture, appliances, scrap tires, yard waste and watermelons; damaging access roads with vehicles; smashing access gates; spray-painting graffiti on wildlife area signs; and damaging the granite Captain John Smith Nanticoke Exploration Monument at Phillips Landing.
“We encourage the public to enjoy our Fish and Wildlife areas and the unique outdoor experiences they offer. However, state wildlife areas are public lands with a conservation mission – and the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s mission is to protect and conserve these areas for current and future generations,” said David Saveikis, director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. “As stewards of this land for Delaware, we cannot allow a few people who do not respect this mission to ruin things for the many who do.”
The Division of Fish and Wildlife encourages anyone who witnesses dumping, vandalism, violations of fish and wildlife regulations or other illegal activities on the Nanticoke Wildlife Area to report such activities by calling 800-523-3336.
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. 43, No. 372