FWC launches new technology for Wildlife Alert
Friday, October 14, 2011
Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585
Wildlife Alert Reward Program has helped the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) catch thousands of violators
through phone calls and online submissions from the public. Now, it
is employing an additional method: text messaging.
The nonprofit, reward-based program was created 30 years ago to
encourage citizens to report fish and wildlife law violations. The
program offers rewards in exchange for information leading to
arrests. Members of the public can call the Wildlife Alert Hotline
or go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeAlert to report known
or suspected violations. Now, they can also text Tip@MyFWC.com. Most cell phones now
allow users to send text messages directly to an email address;
standard usage fees may apply.
"The text messaging option makes it more convenient for the
public," said Col. Jim Brown, director of the FWC's Division of Law
Enforcement. "We also hope it will make Wildlife Alert even more
effective in catching poachers and other violators."
When submitting information via text message, the FWC encourages
including as much information as possible, such as the specific
violation and the location. Once a report is initiated, FWC
dispatch has the ability to respond via text message to the
reporting party to gather additional details.
The FWC is committed to protecting Florida's fish, wildlife and
people. However, FWC officers can't always do it alone.
"While we make every effort to be conscious of any threats to
our valuable natural resources and people, we often rely upon
support and tips from members of the public," Brown said.
The FWC encourages people to report any known or suspected
illegal activity, such as illegal hunting, taking saltwater game
fish out of season, taking protected wildlife species, boating
under the influence and more.
To report violations by phone, call 888-404-FWCC (3922). For
more information, visit MyFWC.com/WildlifeAlert.
The Wildlife Alert Reward Program relies upon donations from the
public and other nonprofit organizations. To contribute, mail your
donation to the FWC at 620 S. Meridian Street Tallahassee, FL
32399-1600 c/o Olivia Townsend.