Game and Fish Department Often Relies on Public Tips to Catch Poachers
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department often depends on the public to report instances of illegally taken animals, because many of those crimes would go undetected otherwise.
Two Texas men -- Carl Denmon and Matthew Adams -- were recently investigated, prosecuted, pleaded guilty and sentenced for illegally killing three antelope in Sweetwater County in October.
The investigation started after Denmon and Adams were involved in a highway crash.
The man who towed their pickup to a shop told a game warden that he saw blood and hair in the truck bed and thought it was suspicious.
The tow truck driver and another reporting party in this case each received a $750 reward for their information that led to Adams' and Denmon's convictions.
Anyone who believes they have witnessed a wildlife crime can report it to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department online, or by calling 1-(877)-WGFD-TIP, or Text: WGFD to 847-411.
Reporting parties can choose to remain anonymous.