Reward Fund to Help Stop Poaching
Poaching is the illegal killing or possession of fish and wildlife; including game animals, non-game species, and protected, threatened, or endangered species. Some examples include:
- Hunting or fishing in a closed season, closed area or with closed methods or equipment
- Harvesting or possessing fish or wildlife over the legal limit
- Hunting deer, elk, moose or other ungulates with a spotlight
- Shooting at or killing a game species and reporting it under someone else’s tag or license
- “Wasting” meat from a harvested fish or animal by leaving it behind, including only taking the antlers, horns or eggs and leaving the carcass.
- Killing a protected or endangered species such as gray wolves or grizzly bears
- Illegal destruction of fish or wildlife habitat owned by the public
- “Market Hunting” or attempting to sell or profit from fish or game without a commercial license.
We’re partnering with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to expand an enforcement reward fund to assist in apprehending poachers.
To report poaching or other natural resource abuse to WDFW Law Enforcement, and possibly claim a BIG reward, please call 1-877-933-9847 or visit WDFW’s report poaching website here.
Up to $7,500 offered for information
Currently, the state provides up to $500 for information helping resolve a felony wildlife case. “Bonus Points” for drawing special tags and permits for legal big game hunting are also offered as a reward for helping to convict poachers in Washington.
In addition to state rewards, through standing rewards from Conservation Northwest a citizen providing information to WDFW that leads to a poaching conviction in Washington state can now be paid up to:
- $7,500 for information helping to convict anyone who has illegally killed a gray wolf in Washington state
- $5,000 if a protected grizzly bear, wolverine, lynx, or fisher were killed
- $3,000 for egregious violations involving deer, elk or other iconic or threatened wildlife, such as spree killing.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about redeeming these rewards. Rewards will be fulfilled after a conviction is obtained.
Poaching is stealing
Poaching diminishes current and future fish and wildlife populations, reducing legal hunting, fishing and watchable wildlife opportunities for the public and future generations. It also deprives the state, businesses and local economies of important revenue.
Whether it’s deer, elk or rare predators, poaching is an unacceptable abuse of our shared natural heritage. No matter how one feels about predators or other wildlife, poaching is never OK.
Conservationists, hunters, anglers and law enforcement are working together to curb this practice in our region.
In addition to our reward funds to help convict poachers, Conservation Northwest co-hosts Eyes in the Woods trainings each spring to help train citizens identify, document and report poaching and other natural resource abuses.
“We in Washington do so much to protect our wildlife and their habitat as our natural heritage,” said Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest executive director and a big game hunter. “It takes less than a second for a coward to wipe out that investment. Let’s make sure the bad guys are held accountable.”
For more information on identifying and reporting poaching in Washington, please visit WDFW’s website here.
Related: Op-Ed in The Seattle Times: Stiffer penalties needed for poaching wolves