Have you ever gone to a nature preserve or park and received a talk from an interpretive ranger about respecting the park and its resources and then a hour later you see someone else who got the same exact talk harass, injure, capture, collect, or kill an animal or plant that you came to see?!
Sadly there are many different reasons why people poach. As the human population continues to sky rocket, so do the incidences of poaching from the pet trade, ivory trade, sell of skins, horns, and teeth as trinkets/souvenirs, real and perceived medicines, bush meat, and ignorance and fear.
In this episode of Griff’s Wild Tips, I address one aspect of poaching: reporting it. Poachers need to be reported every time they’re spotted. Your safety is the most important though, so I advise extreme caution. Do not attempt to stop the crime yourself. In this episode of Griff’s Wild Tips titled, “Report Poachers! They Suck!” I will give you some tips on where to report poachers and how to do it safely. Check out this episode so that you are ready the next time you see a crime against native plants and wildlife in progress.
There are lots of different agencies to report poachers too. Below are some links to help you find the most appropriate conservation officers in your area.
A group called The Quality Deer Management Association has provided some information about reporting poachers as well as a list of numbers for reporting poaching activity in most of the US states. Here.
To report a poacher or polluter in my state: California, call 1 (888) 334-2258 or 1 (888) 334-CalTIP. To learn more about California Fish and Wildlife’s anonymous poacher reporting program click here.
Here is a link to an article/interview with a conservation officer from South Africa who works in very dangerous conditions to try to save rhinos from groups of terrorists and opportunists. The interview/article was conducted by one of my favorite conservation thinkers/writers and friend Jason Goldman. Check out this very interesting and alarming piece titled,