Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Feb. 15-22
Reminder for the week: Know the tides, regulations before driving on the beach
DOVER (Feb. 24, 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 30 complaints and issued 10 citations between Feb. 15 and 22. Of particular note are:
· On Feb. 16, Paul M. Hullinger, age 53, of Ellendale, was found guilty of sixth offense felony DUI, in the Superior Court of Delaware. Mr. Hullinger was fined $6,000 plus $2,246 in court costs, and was committed to two years of partial confinement (work release) and two years of intense supervision. The case began in February 2011, when Mr. Hullinger was arrested and charged with DUI by Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents in an incident on the C&D Canal Wildlife Area.
· On Feb. 20, Fish and Wildlife agents responded to a report of a vehicle in the Delaware River off Carney’s Point, N.J., an area within Delaware jurisdiction. New Jersey police and emergency medical services also responded. Agents located the unoccupied vehicle with water up to the windows, and cited the operator for reckless driving on the beach during an incoming tide.
· Fish and Wildlife agents are investigating an incident involving vandalism that occurred early on the morning of Feb. 22 at DNREC’s Little Creek Check Station on Route 9. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 302-739-4580 or Sgt. Gregory Rhodes at 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102.
Citations issued between Feb. 15 and 22 by violation type included the following charges, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Possession of unlawfully taken game (snow geese) (1), hunting without a license (1), both Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, near Smyrna; migratory waterfowl violation (2), Ellendale; trespassing to hunt (2), New Castle.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (1), Concord Pond, between Seaford and Georgetown.
Public Safety: Shooting near/on/across a public roadway (1), Bombay Hook. (Note: see Wildlife Conservation for two additional charges in the same case.)
Other: Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway (2), C&D Canal Wildlife Area near St. Georges and Old Furnace Wildlife Area between Seaford and Georgetown.
Are you AWARE?
For this week’s Are You Aware, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind anglers that Tidbury Pond in Dover and Newton Pond in Greenwood will open for trout fishing at 7 a.m. next Saturday, March 3. On other days, trout fishing begins one-half hour before sunrise. The daily limit for trout is six in possession, with no size limits. Anglers will need their Delaware recreational fishing license and Delaware trout stamp. Trout season will open in six upstate streams at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7. For more information on trout season in Delaware, including trout stamp information, please visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/Pages/FreshwaterTrout.aspx.
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. 42, No. 59